Nokia files another complaint against HTC, seeks ban of HTC One in the US

by: Robert TriggsMay 24, 2013


It’s been an unfortunate few weeks for HTC, to say the least, what with the various resignations and a wave of internal problems going public. But things could be about to become much worse, as Nokia is seeking an import ban on the HTC One in the US. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.

The One is pretty much the only thing going well for HTC at the moment, so an import ban in one of largest high-end smartphone markets could spell disaster for the struggling handset manufacturer.

The call for the import ban stems from, yes you guessed it, more supposed patent infringements, six of them to be exact. This brings the total number of patent infringements claimed by Nokia against HTC to a pretty hefty 50. HTC is currently dealing with various allegations of patent infringement from multiple parties regarding not only the HTC One, but also the First.

Here’s the statement from Nokia regarding the requested ban:

[quote qtext=”We began actions against HTC in 2012 to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies. Since then, despite the German courts confirming infringements of Nokia patents in HTC products, HTC has shown no intention to end its practices; instead it has tried to shift responsibility to its suppliers. We have therefore taken these further steps to hold HTC accountable for its actions.” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

Some of the numerous allegations include: how internal components are arranged in a unibody device, how signal-to-noise ratio is handled in speech and data, and several elements to do with Google’s Android OS. Nokia also claims that HTC infringed on its patents for encoding and decoding video with Android’s VP8 codec.

In response to the complaint HTC simply told Bloomberg that:

[quote qtext=”upon receiving the official document, HTC is to consider all legal options to protect our rights” qperson=”” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

But it’s clear that this really is the last thing that HTC needs right now.

  • MasterMuffin

    Nokia has a lot of patents, I bet it could sue anyone if Tim Cook was in charge!

    • APai

      they will turn into a troll when they are desperate. tsk tsk, if only they had gone with a multiOS strategy.

      microsoft is killing them softly.

    • OMGgary

      If the rumoured US only Google Edition HTC One exists, now we know why. To try and get around an import ban by reducing Nokia’s software patent claims.

  • BS

    FFF you Nokia. I suggested to buy one lumia 900 of yours, never again will I do that. It was your mistake to go with Microsoft, so just live with it and let people buy whatever phones they want

    • iLove2argue

      anger much?

      • Yes

        Much indeed. It’s kinda gay to act like this, especially when HTC is in such a situation. IF there are real patent infringements – cool, settle them, pay the fines or other stuff, whatever, but wanting to ban a phone is just being coward. No pride whatsoever

        • OMGgary

          Nokia are acting gay, but have no pride whatsoever? So are Elop & co. in the closet or…?

          • iLove2argue

            maybe u are gay ur acting that nokia are infringing to htc.

          • OMGgary

            Confuse mix words you around understand saying you are not. Or straight gay Nokia affect HTC I don’t patents.

          • iLove2argue

            whatever!! :P

        • iLove2argue

          really angry much? haha! how poor u are just for that relax dude ur blood pressure. unless u own the company im behalf with ur sympathy regarding the company. HTC shud do a settlement first to nokia coz today they are competing so they know where are the limits are. HTC shud have a Courtesy to Nokia regarding their plan esp. patents are involve. HTC is obvious they are not cooperating with nokia though last year nokia won against HTC but still htc keeps on infringing.

    • iLove2argue

      anyways lumia 900 is still good hardware and OS compare to gingerbread 2 years ago and it wasn’t good enough but now we are in 2013 its different story now there is a lot of improvements from nokia regarding the camera and also the OS. OS is only a software update it can be change from time to time. hardware of nokia is excellent and nokia is good regarding quality not quantity like samdung very plastic.

  • Amine

    What with the tone of this articale, the last reports say that HTC sold more than 5million Ones despite all the storage issues they faced.

    Also I don’t get what nokias point here, If this is still about the ST Microphone then they are retarded

    • rrp

      its not abt the microphones if u know how to read and understand what u read then read this article again

      • Hugh G. Rection

        My god, I believe your comment gave me the dumb.

      • Amine

        If you only you’ve read the artical your self and clicked on the writters link in the thread (more supposed patent infrigments in the middle of third paragraph you’d understand where I’m coming from, and Yes the artical talk about “more” patent added to the case (which are against android specifically and not really HTC), but the base claim is still there. or at least from what I understand

    • iLove2argue

      St microphone was exclusive contract to nokia for 10 months but the st company is still selling the technology to HTC under nokias contract.. its the companys fault and this is different story about the new patent issues against HTC now a days esp the flagship ”HTC one” I doubt it was the one LOL

  • SeraZR™

    ahh nokia+windows= complete failure
    On the other hand, Nokia+AndrOiD= Huge success whatsoever

    • iLove2argue

      I don’t think so nokia is aware about infringing OS android to oracle or apple. that’s why nokia ditching to malwaredroids good for them. Malwaredroid OS is so ugly looky droidy messy device. good for them nokia hatching eggs to windows because new and fresh OS. unlike iOs and malwaredroid 3 decades of using icons.

      • SeraZR™

        did not get a single word u said :S :D

        • iLove2argue

          go back to kindergarten haha!

          • SeraZR™


  • tBs_Battousai

    This is getting boring now…