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EP 1148681 is a EU patent owned by Nokia. Nokia has been granted an injunction against all of HTC's Android devices based on this patent.

This shouldn't even be patentable in the EU, since software patents aren't allowed here, and this patent builds entirely on known hardware, leaving it to a software component to give the patent leverage.

How can this patent be shown as void in the EU? Can we present prior art? Can we show that the patent is a "pure" software patent, by showing that the hardware base for it is prior art? Is there a similar US-patent?

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I am assuming HTC is doing everything they can, with a large budget to fight this. –  George White Jan 3 at 17:56

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I do not know which claims were judged as infringed but the first claim of that patent is:

A method of transferring resource related information from a first terminal to a second terminal of a wireless communication network, wherein at least the first terminal is a client of a server connected to an external network and also to a wireless communication network which includes the terminals, comprising the steps of the first terminal negotiating a connection with the second terminal and subsequently transferring the information over the connection.

It does seem vague, at least without reading the spec., but this is not a pure software claim, so to answer a sub-part of the question - no it can not be shown to be a pure software patent.

To answer another part of your question, google patents shows that there are two coresponding U.S. pending applications but no issued U.S. patents.

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