Nokia has just sent out a press release to announce they have signed a patent agreement with HTC. This settlement will end months of litigation, and Nokia will be receiving some payments from HTC. The full terms of the agreement will not be made public, but both companies will be working together on HTC’s LTE patent portfolio and “future technology collaboration opportunities.”
Nokia sued HTC and other in 2012 for infringing upon 45 patents. Most of the patents covered internal things like antennas and power management, but multitasking and navigation were among the software features. Nokia’s chief intellectual property officer had this to say:
“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.”
The two companies can now move forward and work together. Nokia was once the biggest phone manufacturer in the world, and once in a while they have to flex their muscles. Hopefully HTC will learn their lesson, though recent UI changes look a little familiar. You can read the full press release at the link below.