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Nokia just issued a press release announcing that the company had settled all ongoing patent litigation with Taiwanese handset-maker HTC today, and it looks like the Finnish firm came out on top. Nokia says HTC will make payments to Nokia and that HTC will license its LTE patent portfolio to the company under a cross-licensing "technology collaboration agreement." Sounds pleasant.

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No figures were released in relation to the settlement. This news probably shouldn't be too surprising - HTC has a reputation for settling. Why settle with a company about to be purchased by Microsoft, with whom HTC already has a patent licensing agreement? Perhaps the risk of litigation escalating under Microsoft's ownership was too great, or HTC saw a high probability of major losses at trial to Nokia - we simply don't know.

Either way, this should put a wrap on any and all extant lawsuits between the two companies (at least those over patents), and allow both to focus more on making phones. And for HTC, that focus comes at an undisclosed cost.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Jaime

    Hate patent wars 😞

    • MarkG54321

      Hate Microsoft

      • Senad

        nokia=microsoft = the biggest patenttroll ever.

        • DaveNull

          Microsoft has nothing to do with Nokia's patents. They are not part of Microsoft acquisition, only licensing of Nokia patents. Managing their patent portfolio is actually part of future Nokia's business plan.

          • nokiasucks

            yes, but thats not the whole truth. nokia is now microsoft's bitch, and MS can direct whom to attack, they are a tag team now, and nokia receives some cash in some other form for the hitjob. if they do it openly, they'd be dragged to courts.

      • Your Mother

        hate apple even more.

    • Matthew Fry

      Speaking of which... where's the AP coverage on this? Intellectual Ventures is the biggest patent troll in the world.

      http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/4/5375304/intellectual-ventures-goes-to-trial-against-google-and-motorola

      Also, I'll just leave this here: http://www.investors.com/image/Web-it01-0207.gif

  • Matthew Fry

    Poor HTC. They were already in dire straits. The HTC One is a pretty fantastic device so I truly hope they pull through.

    • Phil

      I feel that with the CEO they have now. It's going to be tough

  • Jo

    Nokia really needs this given how bad their phones have become

    • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

      Their hardware is pretty nice. I have no idea what you are talking about.

      • NexusKoolaid

        I think the comment was in reference to the OS that nobody wants.

        • Rovex

          Its an OS that will probably be number 2 in 2 years time.

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            Nope.

          • Rovex

            Yep.

          • nokiasucks

            they said that 2 years back

          • Rovex

            No they didnt, and this time its not them anyway, its market analysts.

    • abobobilly

      I won't really all them "bad" ... but i get it. Its getting BORING. With no diversity and all. And by diversity, i don't mean "bigger screens w/ better hardware". Taking ONE design and then making literally THOUSANDS of phones with it, isn't really a great strategy if you ask me.

      • Ricardo Kummel

        It works for Samsung...

  • Rovex

    At least Nokias patents refer to actual technology, not just vague concepts.

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