Nokia won an injunction against HTC and some of their Android smartphones in Germany in early December, and now the company has won a further injunction against HTC.
According to a recent report by Foss Patents, the new ruling affects all of HTC’s Android based smartphones, and it could also affect other Android devices from various manufacturers in the future if Nokia decides to go after them.
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.
According to the report Google is trying to invalidate the patent that Nokia received the ruling on, and Motorola are apparently in talks with Nokia over the patent.
As yet it is not clear on whether Nokia will enforce the ruling against HTC or whether the two companies will come to an agreement, HTC will probably appeal the decision.
Source Foss Patents