Nokia sues HTC, RIM, ViewSonic

2012-05-02 18:13

Helsinki - Nokia, one of the world's leading mobile phone makers, said on Wednesday it had filed patent infringement lawsuits against mobile phone and electronics groups HTC, RIM and ViewSonic in the United States and Germany.

"Though we'd prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorised use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed," Nokia said in a statement.

The lawsuits concerned a total of 45 patents.

The Finnish company said its actions included a complaint to the US International Trade Commission against Taiwan's leading smartphone maker HTC, and suits against HTC and US electronics group ViewSonic in the US Federal District Court of Delaware.

It was also filing suits against HTC and Canadian BlackBerry maker RIM in the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany, and against all three companies in the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany.

Nokia said the innovations protected by its patents "are being used by the companies to enable hardware capabilities such as dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios."

They also "enhance software features including application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of e-mail attachments on a mobile device," it said.

"Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products," Nokia's chief legal officer Louise Pentland said.

Nokia has been losing market share as it struggles to compete in the smartphone sector. It is currently undergoing a major restructuring, phasing out its Symbian smartphones in favour of a partnership with Microsoft.

It announced disastrous first quarter results in April, posting a net loss of $1.2bn as sales slumped 30% year-on-year.

And this week technology research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) said Nokia had lost its top mobile phone maker ranking to Samsung, which along with Apple is already well ahead of Nokia in the lucrative smartphone sector.

  • Irene - 2012-05-02 18:43

    Last kick of a dying horse?

      Joos - 2012-05-02 20:22

      No, Nokia is suing RIM.

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2012-05-02 19:00

    Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

  • chanki.modise - 2012-05-02 19:19

    Nokia get off your high horse if you cant beat them join them

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-05-02 19:52

    Nokia must understand how the competition goes. When Nokia was leading the competition none complained.

      Joos - 2012-05-02 20:28

      There is a difference between complaining because youre not leading and stealing patents

  • Bill - 2012-05-02 19:55

    There was a time that technology companies competed and made profits on the basis of their superior technology and products. Today they file patent related lawsuits backwards and forwards to make profits. Microsoft versus Facebook versus SQL versus Samsung versus Apple, versus someone else versus yet another. Nokia versus HTC versus RIM etc etc... The lawyers have taken over from the techies.....

  • pjn123 - 2012-05-02 20:09

    Just bring the 808 Pureview or Lumia 900 already

  • Damian Botha - 2012-05-02 20:24

    I dont know why Nokia wants a law suite against all the other companies I pesonally have a blackberry and it is nothing like a nokia

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-02 20:42

    Nokia asswipes, just because they ran big losses now they want to sue the companies who are generating revenue. Wake up Nokia and keep up with the rest of the giants.

      ludlowdj - 2012-05-03 12:42

      actually Ricky, everyone is involved in competitor lawsuits now days. To try point fingers at one belies the treachery of all. Universally corporate culture demands profit at any cost.

  • Toofaan - 2012-05-02 20:46

    It's not a technology game anymore, it's a marketing game. The patent infringements may be true and Nokia can go after them, but that won't help with the business results. With things like BBM, BIS, Whatsapp, appstore etc, other companies have captured the consumers imagination. Winning the lawsuit alone will not get the bottom line into the black again.

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