2/10/2014 10:48:15 AM
Nokia and HTC sign collaboration agreement to end patent war
Nokia and HTC have settled their patent dispute as the pair inked a collaboration agreement.
HTC's One Mini handset was originally found to be in breach of Nokia's patents with regards to the chips it contained. Its flagship One device was also under threat of a ban, but it never materialised. The Finnish firm has now agreed to settle patent litigation with payments and a patent and technology collaboration of HTC's LTE patent portfolio.
Nokia intellectual property office, Paul Melin, said: ‘We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia's standards essential patents. This agreement validates Nokia's implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities.’
HTC general counsel member, Grace Lei, added: ‘Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry. As an industry pioneer in smartphones with a strong patent portfolio, HTC is pleased to come to this agreement, which will enable us to stay focused on innovation for consumers.’