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HTC business unaffected by German patent ruling against Nokia

HTC business unaffected by German patent ruling against Nokia

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Taiwan's HTC Corp. said Wednesday that a German court ruling in favor of Finnish handset maker Nokia Oyj would not affect its business in Germany because the infringed patent was found only in old products. HTC said its business would remain intact as the case, in which Nokia claimed that HTC had infringed on its power-saving patent, covers only three mobile phones that HTC no longer sells in Germany -- the Wildfire S, Desire S and Rhyme. "HTC is naturally disappointed with the decision of the court, as it believes that Nokia failed to prove its case adequately," the Taoyuan-based smartphone maker said in an e-mailed statement. "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," the statement continued.
In its ruling on Tuesday, the District Court of Mannheim announced that HTC had infringed on the German section of patent EP 0673175 entitled "Reduction of Power Consumption in a Mobile Station." The patent was awarded to protect a method for reducing power consumption in a mobile system. In its statement, Nokia said it is pleased with the court Decision, which "confirms the quality of Nokia's patent portfolio." Nokia noted that it has also filed suit to guard its power-saving patent against HTC in the United Kingdom and before the United States International Trade Commission, with a hearing in the U.S. scheduled to start in two months. As of 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, HTC shares fell 1.41 percent to NT$245.5 (US$8.25) in Taipei. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-06-13 17:31 GMT+08:00