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Nokia Inks Patent Deal With HTC

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Espoo, Finland -- Nokia and HTC have settled all pending patent litigation between them, and entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement. HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia's licensing offering. The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement are confidential.

"We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia's standards essential patents," said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia. "This agreement validates Nokia's implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities."

"Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry," said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. "As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers."

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lanbrown,
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2/10/2014 | 12:58:25 PM
Re: Nokia getting its Android patent house in order?
This is why the Nokia/Microsoft deal never made any sense.  Microsoft is buying the handset division but only has access to the patents.  Anything that the Nokia Lumia phones have over the competition will not be the case after the acquisition.  They are going to put Nokia Here on any device they can and the patents licensed to anyone that wants them.  The PureView camera technology will be found in other handsets within a year.  What is going to make a Microsoft WP handset shine from what any other vendor can offer and soon Android and possibly iOS.  I would not be surprised to see a Jolla phone with PureView in the near future.  Former Nokia employees implementing Nokia technologies; the Finnish are quite proud of their homegrown companies.

 

Remember that Nokia sued HTC over their use of the HD mic.  HTC had to quit using it and the supplier had to quit selling it.  Now that would no longer be the case as they are licensing it.  The handset division isn't even in Microsoft's hands and the licensing has already begun.  Microsoft is not even buying a name, they get to use the Nokia name for a few years.
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DanJones,
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2/7/2014 | 4:22:06 PM
Nokia getting its Android patent house in order?
Could be...

 

Seems like everyone is trying to shore up their smartphone and OS patents right now, witness the Qualcomm/HP deal the other day.
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