TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC reportedly is working to redesign the internals of its flagship HTC One smartphone to avoid a US sales ban, following a patent victory by Finnish rival Nokia.
Two weeks ago a US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled that HTC infringed two of Nokia's patents relating to radio transmission that help to enhance the reception of phone calls.
While only older HTC phones were listed in the case, including the Radar 4G and Flyer tablet, the firm's flagship HTC One smartphone reportedly uses the same technology, and also faces a US sales ban if the ITC decides to uphold its initial ruling. That's according to the Wall Street Journal, which spoke with two people familiar with the matter.
Nokia said at the time of the ruling, "Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents."
To avoid having its flagship smartphone removed from shelves and the wrath of the FInnish phone maker, HTC reportedly is working with Qualcomm to alter the chip inside the HTC One, with the two firms working on a different method of improving reception in the handset's radio components. HTC has yet to confirm this, and has not yet responded to our request for comment.
Still, this isn't the first time that HTC has had to rejig part of the HTC One to avoid Nokia patents. Earlier this year, the firm had to redesign the microphone in its flagship smartphone to avoid a European sales ban.
The ITC will make its final decision on HTC's fate in January 2014. µ
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