The folks in Espoo feel as though they’ve been violated by HTC, RIM and Viewsonic, when it concerns their patent portfolio. Nokia file suit all over the world today, from the U.S. Federal courts in Delaware to the Regional Court in Dusseldorf and Mannheim as well as in Munich, Germany. Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer, Louise Pentland, said “Nokia is a leader in many technologies needed for great mobile products. We have already licensed our standards essential patents to more than 40 companies. Though we’d prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed.”
Here’s a list of the patents Nokia has listed as part of the suit:
- Dual Function Antennas
- Power Management
- Multimode Radios are included
- Application stores,
- Conversational Message Display
- Dynamic Menus
- Data Encryption
- Email Attachment Retrieval
“Many of these inventions are fundamental to Nokia products. We’d rather that other companies respect our intellectual property and compete using their own innovations, but as these actions show, we will not tolerate the unauthorized use of our inventions.” says, Pentland.
With the mobile space getting over-crowded and companies introducing new technology that seems to overlap with existing tech and patents, for a company like Nokia who’s been in this game for years, they need to protect what’s theirs, but they may have a hard time with some of those patents, as they may be deemed to generic.
With Apple and Samsung’s legal battle looking to come to a close soon (hopefully), we thought we’d see a lull in patent disputes, but it looks like the tech world just received a crate of new fodder.