Struggling Finnish phone maker Nokia propelled itself in the ongoing mobile patent wars after it filed multiple lawsuits in two different continents during a single day against HTC, Research in Motion and Viewsonic, alleging they infringe on a total of 45 different patents.
"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 wrote in a statement yesterday.
First they filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC accusing the Taiwanese firm of infringing on nine of its patents, asking for the HTC Sensation 4G, Inspire 4G, another eight smartphones and two tablets to be banned from sale in the US, according to PC Pro. This move was then followed up very quickly with further lawsuits against HTC and Viewsonic in the Federal Court of Delaware.
If that wasn't enough to contend with, multiple lawsuits were also filed against HTC and RIM in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf, Germany. Nokia then filed lawsuits against the three aforementioned tech firms in the German Regional Courts of Mannheim and again in Munich.
"It's clear that HTC is the primary target, ViewSonic a secondary one, and the assertions against RIM are less aggressive," Florian Mueller, a patent expert, wrote on Foss Patents blog. "Nokia [has] demonstrated that it means business when it starts patent lawsuits." Mueller's blog post also has a complete breakdown of all of the patents Nokia accuses the three firms of infringing.
HTC refused to comment on the suits until its lawyers read the filings, but did point out that it has been a licensee of Nokia's essential wireless patents since 2003, and is waiting to receive any complaint. RIM and Viewsonic didn't respond to requests for further comment.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch, WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) display. It sports a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash, and a loud and clear external speaker. Like most Windows Phone 7.5 devices, the Lumia 710 does not support microSD cards. The Nokia Lumia 710 is powered with a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. The Windows Phone interface gets out of your way easily, and apps are quick to open more often than not.
The Nokia Lumia 800 measures a fairly compact 116.8mm x 61.2mm x 12.1mm (4.6in x 2.4in x .5in), it features 16GB of internal storage, but lacks a microSD memory card slot. The Nokia Lumia 800 runs on a single-core processor (1.4GHz). The Lumia 800 is capable of HSPA 14.4 3G data connections on the 900, 1900, and 2100MHz bands and also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.
The Nokia Lumia 900 is 11.4mm thickness and weight 159g, in the front you can find the 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and in the back the 8 megapixel camera and its LED flash. Since there are no seams or doors there is no way to access the 1830mAh battery or increase the phone's 16GB internal storage with a microSD card.
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