Nokia and HTC sign patent agreement that dismisses all patent litigation

It’s hard to believe, but one of the major patent disputes in the mobile industry has come to a close. Nokia published a press release on Friday informing the public that it had reached a settlement with HTC, and the two companies have signed a patent and technology agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering”.

Like most of you I get sick of seeing all these lawsuits between mobile companies. I am sure there are legitimate reasons for the lawsuits, but many seem to be spiteful. It was good to hear that Nokia and HTC signed a patent and technology agreement that dismisses all patent litigation between the two companies. While the full terms of the agreement are confidential, the press release states that HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio. HTC recently had a small win in this ongoing battle when a German court dismissed a Nokia suit related to receiving calls while downloading OTA updates. Before this, Nokia had a couple of wins against HTC so it is good to see them finally coming to terms.

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