July 11, 2011: Helferich Patent Licensing has sued Nokia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for patent infringement. Helferich Patent Licensing has alleged that Nokia is infringing on 7 patents of Helferich Patent Licensing in the domain of push messaging and user interfaces.
Helferich Patent Licensing’s patent portfolio, comprising 25 US patents and 10 pending US applications, mainly relate to mobile wireless communication devices and delivery of content and media to such communication devices. Helferich Patent Licensing has asserted that Nokia’s devices, specifically, N8, X6, E72, E73, 2320, 5800 and 6350 are infringing on the following 7 patents assigned to Helferich Patent Licensing:
US6087956: Paging transceivers and methods for selectively erasing information [Claims 44, 52, 53, 59, 61, 136, 140, 145, 149, 154, 155, 157, 160 and 161]
US7003304: Paging transceivers and methods for selectively retrieving messages [Claims 1-3 and claims 10-12]
US6983138: User interface for message access [Claims 1, 4, 5, 39, 40 and 42]
US6097941: User interface for voice message access [Claims 1, 5, 6, 13, 14 and 16]
US7280838: Paging transceivers and methods for selectively retrieving messages [Claims 7-8]
US7376432: Paging transceivers and methods for selectively retrieving messages [Claims 1-5, 7-11, 14-18, 20-23, 29 and 30]
US7499716: System and method for delivering information to a transmitting and receiving device [Claims 1, 2, 51 and 52]
In the complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Helferich Patent Licensing has stated that it had sent written notices and infringement charts to Nokia of its infringement of ‘716 patent [pending at the time the notice was sent] on May 9, 2008. However, the complaint mentions that Nokia did not respond to the letters and refused to license the patent. Currently, close to 27 companies that manufacture mobile devices are licensing the patents from Helferich Patent Licensing.
Will Nokia pursue the litigation or go for an out of court settlement leading to eventual licensing of the patents? Is this a case of forced licensing?