Today, Nokia issued a press release announcing that they filed patent suits in the U.S. and Germany against HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic to protect their innovations and intellectual property. I am not a lawyer and try to stay away from discussing legal issues in detail. For that kind of detailed coverage I recommend you visit The Verge and read what lawyer Nilay Patel has to say.
As detailed in their press release, a total of 45 patents are covered in the suit. Some of these include:
Nokia proprietary innovations protected by these patents are being used by the companies to enable hardware capabilities such as dual function antennas, power management and multimode radios, as well as to enhance software features including application stores, multitasking, navigation, conversational message display, dynamic menus, data encryption and retrieval of email attachments on a mobile device.
Nokia is one of the oldest companies in the wireless space and did indeed develop many innovations and technology that today's mobile phones integrate. Many companies license this technology from Nokia, but it sounds like Nokia sees that these particular companies are using what they developed without authorization. I know we are all tired of companies in the wireless space suing each other, but in some cases these lawsuits are legitimate. We'll have to see what develops from this latest lawsuit and I look forward to reading Nilay's in-depth coverage as he dives into the patents and the actual lawsuit details.