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Nokia slaps HTC with German patent injunction

Granted a sales ban and damages
Tue Mar 19 2013, 12:55
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FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has been granted a patent injunction against rival HTC that will see a handful of the Taiwanese firm's phones removed from store shelves in Germany.

The injunction relates to power saving technology, and a German court has ruled that HTC infringes the Nokia patent in question. The Windows Phone maker was subsequently granted a sales ban on a handful of HTC devices, and the court ruled it is entitled to damages that will be decided at a later date.

Nokia is understandably happy with the court's decision. A spokesperson for the company said, "Nokia is pleased with this decision, which confirms the quality of Nokia's patent portfolio."

Encouraged by its success, the firm said that it will go after HTC in the UK and the US too.

"Nokia has also patented this power saving invention in the US, UK, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Japan and Hong Kong. In addition to this case in Germany, we have asserted the patent against HTC in the UK and in the US International Trade Commission, with a hearing in the US scheduled to start in two months' time.

"HTC must now respect our intellectual property and compete using its own innovations."

HTC is disappointed with the court's decision, but as the judgment covers only three handsets that HTC no longer imports into Germany - the Wildfire S, Desire S and Rhyme - the judgement is unlikely to have too much of an effect on the firm's German business.

A statement from HTC reads, "The power-saving technology described in this patent is trivial and contributes only a negligible reduction in power-consumption, so HTC has removed any allegedly corresponding functionality from all of its current German handsets as a precaution against any attempt by Nokia to extend the scope of the judgment unfairly.

"HTC will be appealing the present decision but also believes that this patent is invalid and so will be continuing with the invalidity actions pending before the German Federal Patents Court and the English Patents Court."

In similar news, LG revealed today that it will be investigating whether Samsung's Galaxy S4 handset infringes its patented eye-scrolling technology. µ


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