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HTC scores a victory over Nokia in German court

Finnish firm ordered to pay legal fees
Mon Mar 11 2013, 10:06
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TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has scored a rare win over rival Nokia in a German court, which ruled that the HTC One maker does not infringe Nokia patents.

Nokia has been claiming that HTC infringed its patents with its Android smartphone lineup, arguing that the firm ripped off its technology in the way its phones communicate with the Google Play store. However, a German court ruled on Friday that HTC does not infringe the patent, and ordered Nokia to pay its rival's legal fees.

In a separate ruling the German court also found that HTC does not infringe a Nokia patent relating to brightness settings on a smartphone.

"HTC respects the intellectual property rights of others, but believes that Nokia has exaggerated the scope of its patent in order to extract unwarranted licensing royalties from Android handset manufacturers," an HTC spokesperson told The INQUIRER.

"We are gratified that the court apparently shares HTC's view and that, given the positive ruling of non-infringement today, the Android platform is now safe from oppressive enforcement of this patent."

Nokia understandably isn't too pleased with the ruling. In a statement sent to the Wall Street Journal, a spokesperson said, "We are considering our options. More than 30 further Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in other actions in Germany, the US and the UK and we anticipate that we shall prevail in these."

Friday's ruling comes at a nervous time for HTC. Last week it was revealed that HTC's February earnings slumped to a three year low, with the firm putting all of its hopes on the HTC One, which it will launch this week. µ


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