Friday Nokia announced that they had reached a patent and “technology collaboration” agreement with HTC. The agreement marks the end of pending patent suits. The released terms of the agreement sees HTC make payments to Nokia and will see both companies work on HTC’s LTE portfolio as well as potential collaborations on future products.
In discussing the agreement, Nokia’s Chief IP officer Paul Melin stated, “We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long-standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents.”
Nokia is known for taking it to companies legally when it comes to their patents. Starting in 2009, Nokia vs. Apple ended in 2011 with the Cupertino-based paying Nokia for every iPhone sold. There were other suits against Viewsonic and RIM—which at the time included HTC.
As stated before, the specific terms of the agreement and how much HTC has to pay Nokia are being kept under wraps. It seems that both sides are content with whatever the terms are and the outcomes.