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Thursday, October 31, 2013
HTC to Appeal U.K. Patent Ruling
HTC said Thursday that it will appeal a ruling of a patent-infringement dispute in the U.K. in favor of Nokia.
The High Court of Justice of England on Wednesday ruled that HTC violated Nokia's EP0998024 patent on a "modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station."
Nokia said it will seek financial compensation and a sales ban on several HTC products in the U.K. that use certain Qualcomm and Broadcom chips, including HTC's current flagship phone, the new HTC One, and the mid-range HTC Wildfire.
"Naturally HTC is disappointed by the decision that the U.K. court has reached in this case and we will be seeking to appeal the ruling immediately," HTC said.
Nokia said the preliminary ruling was "a significant development" in its dispute with HTC. Nokia has also filed similar suits against HTC in Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
Nokia began its legal war against HTC last year and has asserted more than 50 patent lawsuits against the Taiwanese company in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.
Until now, Nokia has won the case in three courts, bringing the number of patents found infringed upon to four.
In March, the Mannheim court in Germany ordered HTC to cease infringing on a Nokia power-saving patent, and the U.S. International Trade Commission also gave an initial determination in September that HTC has violated another two Nokia patents.