HTC calls Nokia patent “redundant,” redesigning phones to remove tech

Over the weekend we told you about some of the latest legal fighting between smartphone companies, this time with HTC and Nokia squaring off in German courts. Nokia found itself a win, with HTC judged to be infringing upon a Nokia patent for adapting to changing wireless network conditions. With HTC facing a possible injunction against the import of infringing devices, the company has issued a statement, both downplaying the significance of Nokia’s patent and assuring its fans that it’s taking the proper steps to insure continued sales of its smartphones.

At least in Germany, the functionality covered by Nokia’s patent is no longer necessary for the operation of HTC’s smartphones, and the company describes it as “redundant technology.” As such, it may simply be able to remove it from its handsets without ill effect, and that’s precisely what HTC is investigating doing now. The company hopes that making this change will ultimately prove to generate only a minimal disruption of sales.

Of course, Nokia’s still due damages for the existing infringement, but we’re going to have to wait to get a dollar figure on that.

Source: ZDNet
Via: BGR

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