Nokia to sue some of our Android manufacturers
We know that the entire tech world these days is just a patenting battlefield of sorts. However, just like in real war, there is always the little and big guy. These days, especially in the Android world, we see companies like HTC, Samsung and LG suing or being sued for one reason or another. So when a manufacturer like Nokia, who has just recorded the lowest market share and profit share in years, begins suing others — we take note!
At the current time, Nokia has 40+ companies with licensing to use one or more of their patents — from what we know, HTC, Viewsonic and RIM were not amongst those 40 businesses and now Nokia has noted in a press release:
“Nokia’s actions include a complaint to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC, suits against HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal District Court of Delaware, US, against HTC and RIM in the Regional Court in Dusseldorf, Germany and against all three companies in the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany. In total, 45 Nokia patents are in suit in one or more of the actions.”
In other words, Nokia is suing HTC, Viewsonic and RIM over three separate countries for multiple patent infringement.
Basically, what we believe is going here is this — with Nokia losing such a significant percentage of their market share, they could be trying to keep the company on the map until Windows 8 is released, at which point they can really begin to re-establish a spot amongst the top mobile manufacturers.