TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC received some more bad news on Monday as a US judge ruled that the firm infringed two Nokia patents.
Following a complaint from Nokia, a US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge said in a preliminary ruling on Monday that HTC infringed two of the Finnish phone maker's patents relating to the use of wireless technology in its mobile and tablet devices. There was a small win for HTC, as the judge ruled that it did not infringe a third Nokia patent relating to the way data is transmitted from a computer to a phone.
However, thanks to Nokia's initial victory, the case will now be handed to the full ITC, which will make a final decision on whether HTC's products infringe and should be pulled from store shelves in the US. Reuters reported that Nokia is seeking a ban on seven HTC smartphones that were found to infringe its patents.
Luckily for HTC, its One smartphone lineup is not included in the list. The HTC phones alleged to infringe include the Amaze 4G, Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound and Sensation 4G.
The ITC will make its final decision in January 2014. It's also thought that one of the patents HTC allegedly infringed also stands in the UK and across Europe, so Nokia might seek an international ban on certain devices.
Nokia said in a statement on Tuesday, "Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents."
HTC is yet to comment on the news, but it's unlikely not very pleased with the ruling. µ