Nokia and HTC settle litigation, sign patent deal

HTC and Nokia have been fighting a patent dispute for the better part of a year, with Nokia claiming the Android OEM violated a patent related to the combined use of 3G chips in several European countries. In December, after an extended court date, a judge ruled that HTC violated said patent and would be subject to an import ban, including the currently-on-sale HTC One.

Today, the two companies announced a patent deal that, for an undisclosed fee, would keep HTC phones on sale in Europe and lawyers out of the courtroom. According to a press release issued late Friday, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering,” so the deal benefits both parties.