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Nokia, HTC end all patent litigation

Settling months of pending patent litigation between them, Nokia and HTC have signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement. The settlement means HTC will make payments to Nokia.

As part of the agreement, both companies will work together on HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, and also explore “future technology collaboration opportunities.”

“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,” says Paul Melin, Nokia’s chief intellectual property officer.

The Finnish company filed lawsuits against rival mobile makers HTC, RIM, and ViewSonic in 2012 for infringing 45 of its patents around the world.

These companies were accused by Nokia of using technologies named in its patents to enable hardware capabilities such as “dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios”, but also in its software features, including “application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.”

Grace Lei, general counsel of HTC said, “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.”

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As full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed by the two, it’s unclear how much HTC will pay to the Finnish mobile company.

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