HTC is walking away from a German courtroom bruised and broken after the Taiwanese manufacturer was found guilty of infringing yet another Nokia patent. Because of the ruling, HTC will be forced to modify existing handsets if they hope to continue selling them in Germany.
The patent in question was EP1579613, a non standard essential patent dealing with a smartphone’s backward compatibility with older networks, a technology HTC calls “redundant.” HTC said they’re already investigating modifications to the handsets in question, and that it would only provide a “minimal disruption” while the smartphone maker works on an appeal.
Nokia, on the other hand is very pleased with the ruling and marks the company’s 4th patent win against HTC in Germany against, the most recent over HTC’s use of Android Beam in their devices.
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