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Appeared on: Friday, March 08, 2013
HTC Wins Legal Battle Against Nokia in Germany

HTC is cleared by a German judge of infringing Nokia patents in two separate cases.

The District Court of Mannheim, Germany, ruled today that HTC did not violate two Nokia patents.

Last May, Nokia filed lawsuits against HTC, BlackBerry and Viewsonic, citing 45 different patent violations among the three. Nokia had accused HTC of infringing a patent, related to a "method for using services offered by a telecommunication network, a telecommunication systems, and a terminal for it." Nokia had claimed that HTC's distribution of the Google Play app and its content store client app violated the patent.

"HTC is delighted with today's decision" HTC said in a statement. "We are gratified that the court apparently shares HTC's view and that, given the positive ruling of noninfringement today, the Android platform is now safe from oppressive enforcement of this

In the the second case, the patent in question described "an electronic display device and lighting control method of same."

HTC also won in this case.

Commenting on the rulings, Nokia said it disagreed with the court's decision and that was considering its options, including an appeal.

More than 30 further Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in other actions in Germany, the U.S., and the U.K.


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