By Vamien McKalin | Mar 20, 2013 09:48 AM EDT
The battle between Nokia and HTC has taken another twist, as the Finnish giant managed to win another patent injunction in a German court. The judge announced that HTC infringed on Nokia's patent that has to do with the "reduction of power consumption in a mobile station."
The patent in question was explained thoroughly by FOSS Patents in the following note:
"it's about saving battery power by identifying during a mobile connection any messages (basically, packets of data) that can be reconstructed from only a portion of an encoded message (encoded for purposes of wireless transmission, with certain redundancies to allow for error correction) and, whenever possible, providing power to the receiving component only if and when further portions must be received in order to decode the message. If there's a strong radio signal, there's no point in wasting battery power on redundant data: it's more efficient to turn the receiving component on again just in time for the next message. This is particularly relevant when the phone is not in active use but still connected to a cellular network."
After the hearing, Nokia released the following statement:
"Nokia is pleased with this decision, which confirms the quality of Nokia's patent portfolio. Nokia has also patented this power saving invention in the US, UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Japan and Hong Kong. In addition to this case in Germany, we have asserted the patent against HTC in the UK and in the US International Trade Commission, with a hearing in the US scheduled to start in two months' time. More than 30 further Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in other actions brought by Nokia in Germany, the US and the UK. HTC must now respect our intellectual property and compete using its own innovations."
Nokia's victory in Germany might turn out to be very small, as HTC released a short statement about the Nokia patent the company has allegedly infringed on. According to HTC, it has since removed the alleged problem from all its devices, and such a move has downplayed the importance of Nokia's claim.
Recently, HTC won a key court battle after Nokia accused the company of infringing on three of its patents. The end result was a huge blow for Nokia, so now the company seeks to redeem itself with additional claims.
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