Nokia Nabs Patent Victory Against HTC in the UK



The third time wasn’t the charm for HTC (HTCKF.PK) in its multi-country patent battle with Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK). The UK High Court ruled October 30 that HTC infringed on Nokia’s patent. The patent in dispute concerned a ”Modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station.” The devices included in the suit were the One SV (non-LTE), One SV (LTE), and Wildfire S. The chips under scrutiny were Qualcomm WTR 1605, Qualcomm WTR1605L, Broadcom BCM4329, and Broadcom BCM4334.

As a result, Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant wrote in an email, quoted by PCWorld that, “Nokia will now seek an injunction against the import and sale of infringing HTC products in the UK as well as financial compensation.” Durrant also called the decision a “significant development” in the Nokia-HTC legal dispute.

Previous suits finding in Nokia’s favor include a decision by the United States International Trade Commission and patent injunction case in Germany. An HTC spokesperson was quoted in TechHive about the decision in the German court, calling it ”trivial,” and that it “contributes only a negligible reduction in power consumption.”

The previously mentioned cases are only a fraction of potential litigation between the companies. In another email, this time sent to Bloomberg, Durrant said that 50 infringement claims had been filed by Nokia against HTC. The claims were filed in the UK, Germany, Italy, and the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports that HTC spokeswoman Laura Kao expressed disappointment from the ruling, which HTC  plans to appeal “immediately.” Financial Times spoke with patent expert Florian Mueller about the decision. Mueller said “Nokia made major headway today in the most difficult court in the world for plaintiffs, the England and Wales High Court.” The paper also added that analysts believe Nokia views patent litigation and property rights as a potential revenue stream.

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