In a somewhat unexpected twist to this never-ending battle between Nokia and HTC, the Taiwanese company has scored a win in Germany with the courts closing down Nokia's patent suit. The case covers a patent relating to technologies enabling mobiles phones to receive calls while downloading over-the-air-updates.
The two companies have been locked in the patent war for some time with multiple suits being filed against HTC and Nokia prevailing in numerous cases. Nokia subsequently released a rather touchy statement, "HTC's first New Year's resolution for 2014 should be to stop this free riding and compete fairly in the market." The company is considering appealing the verdict.
As lightly touched on above, the verdict comes just weeks after the court ruled in Nokia's favour against HTC for violating a patent. This court ruling is important to Nokia, specifically because the company is in the process of being absorbed by Microsoft, to then focus on managing its patent portfolio (as well as HERE and NSN).
We'll keep you all updated, should Nokia look to appeal the verdict.
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