Nokia and HTC patent fisticuffs end with Nokia-weighted agreement

Nokia and HTC have signalled an end to a long running patent dispute by signing a collaborative agreement that will see all litigation between the two end.

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The patent and technology collaboration agreement was announced by Nokia earlier today and will see HTC make payments to Nokia as well as HTC’s LTE patent portfolio being licensed to Nokia.

"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. This agreement validates Nokia's implementation patents and enables us to focus on further licensing opportunities," said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia.

The confidential agreement will also see the two companies “explore” future collaboration opportunities and apart from that neither party revealed any terms.

"Nokia has one of the most preeminent patent portfolios in the industry. 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,” said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC.

The patent battle started in earnest back in 2012 when Nokia alleged that HTC had infringed around 50 of its patents and since then it has been furrowing a bore through various courts in the UK, Germany, US, Japan and Italy.

It came to a head earlier this year when, in April, Nokia successfully won an injunction against sales of the HTC One smartphone in the Netherlands and followed this up by gaining a similar ban on the HTC One Mini in the UK in December 2013.

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HTC’s One Mini did, however, return to the UK shelves just days later after the UK Court of Appeal lifted the original ban and the patent agreement will be of some comfort to a firm that has performed disappointingly over the past 12 months.