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Nokia delivers nasty burn to HTC over cold-weather phone use

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While the twitter battles Nokia has been engaging in recently are of course somewhat childish, they remain rather entertaining, and Nokia had a rather good one recently when HTC Russia asked their followers to offer suggestions on how to use their smartphones in the deep cold of the Russian winter.

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It did not take Nokia Russia long to quip that this did not represent any problem at all, if you had the right phone.

Being the Russian winter, there was no need to apply cold water to the burn.

Via W7phone.ru

Nokia Wants HTC To Stop Patent Infringement As Their First New Year’s Resolution For 2014

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Few days back, we reported that Nokia was handed another injunction win against HTC in Germany related to Android devices. So far,  HTC was found to infringe seven Nokia patents in various courts across the world. In response to that, Nokia has provided the following statement to HTC and even advised HTC on their New Year’s resolution for 2014.

Read the full statement below,

“Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Munich, Germany has today ruled that any HTC product using Bluetooth or NFC connections infringes Nokia’s patent EP 1 148 681, which covers the transfer of network resource information between mobile devices.

This judgment enables Nokia to enforce an injunction against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement. This follows another ruling from the same court ten days earlier, which found that HTC products infringed Nokia’s USB patent EP 1 246 071 and granting Nokia right to an injunction and damages against products infringing that patent.

Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC.  During 2013, Nokia believes it has demonstrated beyond doubt the extent to which HTC has been free riding on Nokia technologies, with HTC found to infringe seven Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission. HTC’s first New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to stop this free riding and compete fairly in the market.”

Source: FOSS Patents

Thanks to Karthick for the heads up!

Nokia Wins Another Injunction Against HTC In Germany

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Nokia has got its New Year gift in the form of injunction win against HTC in Germany. HTC is one of the few companies that are still fighting in court to protect their Android devices from patent infringement. Motorola which is now owned by Google is struggling in a similar case against Microsoft regarding Android patents. Nokia’s this injunction win against HTC involves all of HTC products and the patent is related to method of transferring information between devices using Bluetooth or NFC.

From FOSS Patents,

The New Year’s Eve fireworks kicked off a day early at the Munich I Regional Court, where Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann just handed Nokia a Germany-wide patent injunction against all HTC Android devices (including the One series) that infringe EP1148681 on  a “method for transferring resource information” by allowing end users to connect two HTC devices directly over NFC or Bluetooth (but not over WiFi or the Internet) to transfer resource information such as a URL. The patent is not standard-essential, meaning that Nokia does not have any FRAND licensing obligations.

Source: FOSS Patents

After UK injunction Nokia looks to block HTC’s smartphones in France

Fosspatents reports that after Nokia has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against HTC’s smartphones in UK (which was largely stayed pending an appeal) Nokia was bringing the same case with the same patent library to court in France.

In a statement Nokia said: 

"Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.

The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."

Nokia is currently suing HTC in 7 countries, as the Taiwanese company continues to refuse to take out a royalty-bearing license for Nokia’s non-standard-essential patents.

Via NPU.

Nokia wins patent scuffle with HTC, HTC One Mini banned in UK

Bloomberg reports that Nokia has won its patent infringement case against HTC in UK, resulting in the HTC One Mini being banned from the 6th December.

The HTC One is affected by the same patent, but as banning that device would cause “considerable” damage to HTC,  that injunction bas been delayed by the court to allow HTC time to appeal the ruling.

Nokia is not satisfied with just the ban, but “… is also claiming financial compensation for the infringement of this patent,” the company said in a prepared statement.

Nokia settled a similar infringement case with Apple in April 2011 and was then paid regular royalties for its use.

While Microsoft is set to purchase Nokia’s handset division, the intellectual property part will remain with Nokia, and with its Here Maps and telecom infrastructure arm will be key to the continuing profitability of the company.

Nokia wins major patent case against HTC in UK, may get the HTC One banned

Nokia-vs-HTCThe Financial Times reports that Nokia has won a major patent fight against HTC in UK and said it would seek an injunction against the import and sale of HTC’s products in Britain.

The patents were related to a technology used to transmit voice and text messages and is just one of several similar cases against HTC in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.

Nokia said “Today’s judgment is a significant development in our dispute with HTC,” while HTC said  “Naturally HTC is disappointed by the decision that the UK court has reached in this case and we will be seeking to appeal the finding immediately.”

After Nokia divests itself of its handset division it will retain control of its patents, and its litigation is expected to intensify.

Analysts at Berenberg said that it had been a “masterstroke” of the Nokia board to maintain its patent assets. The bank said that net royalty income this year will be about $600m but forecast that this could rise sharply after Nokia forge licensing deals with Samsung and other OEMs.

Read more at the Financial Times here.

Samsung fined $340,000 for paying people to slag off HTC in forums

01-2-Samsung-BadSamsung does not have the greatest of reputations when it comes to honesty and acting above board, and the latest scandal will do nothing to improve that.

The company has just been fined $340,000 by the Taiwanese FTC for using a “large number of hired writers and designated employees” to “highlight the shortcomings of competing products,” mainly those made by HTC.

The Taiwanese company has been struggling despite producing well-received and reviewed products, announcing their first ever loss last quarter. They are already well out-marketed by Samsung, and now it appears the Korean company is even attacking their word of mouth recommendations.

Despite admitting to this practice, Samsung has continued to astroturf, most recently playing developers to talk up their developer competition in forums.

I guess you don’t get to announce record profits of $7.6 billion without getting your hands a bit dirty…

Via Gizmodo.com

Nokia’s Treasure Tag Will Look And Work Similar To HTC Fetch

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I missed this announcement from HTC in August. HTC has announced a new accessory called HTC Fetch which looks a lot like theNokia Treasure Tag upcoming Nokia Treasure Tag. It is also based on Bluetooth 4.0 LE and it can be used to secure your phone and belongings, last seen tracking and remote camera shutter.

If you’re tired of losing your phone or leaving it behind, the HTC Fetch is your solution. Just press the button and the sleek, compact keychain device activates your phone’s ringtone within 15 meters*. Pair it with your phone and you’ll get a warning beep if you leave it behind. If you lose both, a convenient map location feature lets you know where your HTC Fetch and phone were last together.

Nokia is also going to reveal a range of Bluetooth 4.0 based accessories for its Lumia devices at Nokia World in October. One such Bluetooth 4.0/NFC accessory is called “Treasure Tag” which will pair with Lumia Windows Phones via NFC and will come with a with a loop strap to attach it with other items. This accessory will allow Windows Phone users to track items with a special application. This special app will display the location of the sensor on a map Nokia’s LiveSight augmented reality view.  The sensor can also trigger a notification sound on a phone, if it’s within range.

See a video demo of the HTC Fetch after the beak.
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Dual-SIM Nokia and HTC Windows Phones may be on the way

imageWe have been hearing about Dual-SIM Lumias being on the way for a while now, and now WPDang’s sources inform them that both Nokia and HTC are working on such Windows Phones.

The handsets are expected to be Dual-SIM Dual Standby, and will be targeting the emerging market.

It is not clear when these handsets will be hitting the market, with HTC’s troubles making a release less likely, while Nokia not expected to announce these handsets before the end of the year.

Via WPDang.com

Bloomberg: HTC is not planning any more Windows Phones, the OS may go free in response

Despite assurances that HTC remains committed to Windows Phone, even after the Nokia/Microsoft deal, Bloomberg reports that the distressed company has decided not to pursue the creation of any more handsets running the OS.

The decision is somewhat understandable – the company has just reported a third-quarter net loss of NT$2.97 billion ($101 million) in the three months ended September, their first since 2008, and held only 6% global market share in August, trailing behind Samsung, LG, ZTE and others, falling all the way to the number 8 spot. It is being called the next Blackberry by some.

According to people with knowledge of the situation Microsoft is attempting to do what it can to convince the company to continue delivering Windows Phones, including giving away the OS free without a license fee, and even suggesting HTC release Android handsets running Windows Phone as a second OS.

Microsoft is finding it necessary to make concessions after agreeing to acquire Nokia’s handset unit, and Microsoft’s Terry Myerson is planning to visit Asia this month and meet with senior executives at Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC to discuss his proposal, one of the people said.

It is not yet clear what these kind of dual-OS handsets will look like – either with both operating systems available all the time, or shipping with a choice at purchase. It is also not clear that Google would allow such a move.

In the end however Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset division may result in Windows Phone going free for all other OEMs, a move which has been suggested by many, and which may improve the competitive position of the OS.

Do our readers think having an Android handset ship with a Windows Phone option is a good thing, or a sign of weakness? Let us know below.

Report: Patent Case With Nokia Forces HTC To Rework HTC One’s Chip Design In The US

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We all know that Nokia and HTC are fighting it out in the court related to patent infringement. Last week, U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that HTC infringes two nokia patents that are related to method for receiving and transmitting radio signals, and a method for eliminating unwanted signals. Since there is a possibility of HTC devices getting banned in the US, HTC is working with Qualcomm on reworking a radio chip for the HTC One, reports Wall Street Journal.

I saw some comments that once the Microsoft-Nokia deal is completed, HTC and Microsoft can work on these patent issues. The real fact is that, even after the Microsoft-Nokia deal, Nokia will still own most of the patents and the on going patent battle with other companies with continue. I hope HTC soon settles the issue with Nokia and starts focusing on the devices.

Source: CIO

HTC sells back their stake in Beats Electronics

imageHTC has started the process of selling back their 24.84% share of Beats Electronics back to the founders for $265 million.

The deal will ultimately see HTC make $85 million on their original stake, which is welcome news for the beleaguered company who has seen its market share drop to only 2.8% in Q2 2013, and their share price drop 90% from their 2011 high.

It is not yet know what effect this will have on the Beats branding and audio focus in many of HTC’s smartphones, including their HTC 8X range, but it is unfortunately clear their adoption of the branding did not do enough to boost the sales of their smartphones and keep the company profitable.

Will any of our HTC 8X-owning readers miss Beats Audio in future HTC products? Let us know below.

Via Bloomberg.com

As HTC lose patent case to Nokia Blackberry may become patent lose cannon

imageIn a preliminary ruling the ITC has found that HTC infringes two Nokia patents to do with sending and receiving signals.  The move could block 7 older HTC handsets in the US, including the HTC Amaze 4G, Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound and Sensation 4G, most of which are no longer on sale.

Despite Nokia choosing the ITC as a rapid venue for action, the full ITC is scheduled to make a final decision on the matter only January 23, 2014, by which time I doubt any of the handsets will have any market relevance.

Once divested of its handset division next year, Nokia may become more aggressive in pursuing patent litigation, as as a non-practicing entity they will no longer be vulnerable to countersuits from the companies it is suing.

In the mean time however there is a bigger threat looming for smartphone makers from the rapidly fading Blackberry, which may itself soon exit the handset market.  The company owns around 5,135 patents, most related to now obsolete features like keyboards, but others still fundamental given the company was around at the start of the smartphone market.

Wikibon analyst Scott Lowe notes there is a risk some-one could buy Blackberry’s patent portfolio and “start suing everyone.”   Even Fairfax holdings may be looking to leverage the asset for a return on their investment.

Ultimately Blackberry’s death throes may present a bigger risk to its competitors than when it was alive.

Via Reuters.com