Nokia wins mobile patent judgment in UK against HTC

Reuters

HELSINKI, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Finnish telecoms group Nokia scored another victory on Wednesday in its patentbattle against Taiwan-based rival HTC Corporation witha British court ruling in its favour over mobile telecomstechnology.

After hearing the case in the Patents Court in London, thejudge decided that HTC had infringed on a European Patent heldby Nokia entitled "Modulator structure for a transmitter and amobile station", according to court documents.

The ruling comes as Nokia seeks to better exploit its troveof technology patents, which will remain with the company afterthe sale of its handset business to Microsoft iscompleted next year.

"Today's judgment is a significant development in ourdispute with HTC," a Nokia spokesman said.

"Nokia will now seek an injunction against the import andsale of infringing HTC products in the UK as well as financialcompensation."

A spokesman for HTC said it would appeal against thefinding.

Nokia's shares closed up 4.5 percent at a high for the yearof 5.59 euros, extending gains made on Tuesday when it forecasta higher operating margin for its network equipment unit NokiaSolutions and Networks (NSN), which will become its mainbusiness after the Microsoft sale.

HTC's shares closed trading earlier in the day up 2.8percent at 145 Taiwan dollars.

The Finnish company started its legal fight against HTC in2012, part of a global patent war among makers of mobile phones and tablet computers.

Wednesday's ruling also follows a September ruling by theU.S. International Trade Commission, which found that HTCinfringed on two Nokia patents in making its mobile telephonesand tablets.

Nokia is one of the industry's top patent holders, alongwith Qualcomm and Ericsson, having investedaround 45 billion euros ($62 billion) in mobile research anddevelopment over the past two decades.

The company, which has struggled to turn around its businessafter a late start in smartphones, announced in September thatit would sell its handset business and would license its patentsto Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros. The deal is due to close inthe first quarter next year.

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