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Nokia handsets could be facing a ban in the UK if licensing fees are not paid to IPCom for using the company’s 3G patent.
The Finnish manufacturer was found guilty of trademark infringement by the UK’s High Court. The lawsuit, which started in 2007, was filed by IPCom, when patent “268” was purchased from Bosch. The patent prioritizes to security and emergency services, regardless of an overcrowded 3G network.
Bernhard Frohwitter, IPCom’s Managing Director said, “’As far as we know, this is the first time that an essential telecoms 3G patent was ever upheld and judged infringed in the UK — a jurisdiction well-known for being very demanding for patent holders.”
“The recent settlement between Nokia and Apple strongly shows that Nokia – rightfully – expects competitors to respect Nokia’s intellectual property, and that is exactly what we expect from Nokia for the Bosch inventions that IPCom owns.”
Despite being found guilty, Nokia is still pursuing selling its mobile handheld devices even without a licensing agreement. The court’s judgment affirms that Nokia smartphones on different software do not infringe the patent. These are smartphones are Nokia’s current handsets.
IPCom claims that the said alternative software was never part of the 3G standard and was never used on the Nokia’s current products. Nokia said, “We can continue selling those products, now with legal certainty, despite claims to the contrary made by IPCom.” Nokia responded by saying that IPCom misunderstood the court’s ruling.
Nokia added, “He ruled that Nokia devices, no longer on sale, which had older software versions (A1 and A2) [patent 268] infringed the amended patent but that newer versions B-G [Nokia's alternative software], incorporating our workarounds, did not infringe the amended patent.”
“As our current products do not infringe the amended patent, there can be no injunction against them and we can continue selling those products.”
This is definitely a confusing situation, since both parties have different interpretations of the court’s ruling. The question is, which of Nokia’s current products do the patent affect (E7, N8, or C7)? Will Nokia really be banned from the UK? Hopefully, this doesn’t happen.
Nokia Connection 2011 is scheduled on Tuesday next week in Singapore. There are a number of things users expect to unfold in this event, since there will be a number of executives that will be making an appearance here. Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, is one of them. Wherever he goes, expect something big.
One the things people expect to see is the much awaited MeeGo handset. Remember, this project has been on a rollercoaster ride ever since it has been announced. Hopefully, we get to see the partnership of Intel and Nokia bear fruit this time.
Another thing we expect from the event is more info on the future Windows-powered Nokia smartphones. We saw a glimpse of a prototype in a conference in San Diego. We’re hoping to see more, and maybe finally get to see the smartphone in action.
Nokia owns Navteq who powers Ovi Maps with turn-by-turn navigation. Will we get to see a Windows Phone version? Elop did say that Samsung’s Windows smartphones will get a taste of these new map services. Hopefully, we get to see map services that can finally rival Google Maps.
Every phone manufacturer has created their tablet. Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Blackberry has the Playbook, Motorola has the Xoom, HTC has the Flyer, and Apple has the iPad 2. Will Nokia announce work on their own version of tablets? Elop did say back in April that he does not want Nokia to “be the 201st tablet on the market that you can’t tell from all of the others. We have to take a uniquely Nokia prospective and so the teams are working very hard on something that would be differentiating relative to everything else that’s going on in the market.” With this statement, should we expect something totally different from the rest? We’ll just have to wait until Tuesday next week.
What are the reasons why the up and coming Nokia Windows handsets are getting users so excited? Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, said that their version of Windows phones will totally be different from the other WP7 made by other manufacturers.
First of all, these new handsets will come with cameras more powerful than that of the Nokia N8, which is currently the phone with the most powerful camera in the market, a 12 MP camera. Secondly, Nokia is no longer at loggerheads with Qualcomm over patent disputes. Expect the new handsets to be powered by processors at par with today’s flagship handsets.
If you are dying to get your hands on these new smartphones, Nokia has just announced that these handsets will be first coming to six countries in Europe. The UK is one of these lucky countries. Brits will getting their hands on these much awaited phones even before they make anywhere else.
Aside from the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France will enjoy Nokia’s initial Windows-powered handsets. These handheld mobile devices will be coming on the last quarter of 2011.
In a recent event, Nokia’s new UK general Manager, Conor Pierce, said that the UK will be one of the major launching points for the new Windows handsets by the Finnish manufacturer. It plans to test the consumer’s reaction to the new handsets before they are shipped to the US.
If you’ve noticed, Finland is not among the European countries that will be getting the smartphones first. It is unclear why this is. Probably, Nokia is doing this to win the favor of consumers in other countries rather than trying to win already loyal hearts.
Regardless, there are no complaints here. In the past, Brits would have to wait after a handset launches min the US. It’s nice to be first for a change.