The smartphone market has become one of the most competitive playing fields consumer product goods (CPG) providers are up against today. With the high demand and influence that mobile devices claim in the market, it’s more important than ever for mobile manufacturers to maintain their competitive edge.
Take Nokia for example, a brand that practically started the mobile revolution when mobile phones first hit the market. The company has since had to fight to stay relevant in the arena while giants like Apple and Samsung claiming ownership of the majority of the market. So when Nokia learned that HTC was violating one of its patents, the company didn’t hesitate to take them to court.
Nokia has officially won a key ruling in the U.K. against HTC over charges of patent infringement on a number of HTC’s Android-based handsets, including the best-selling HTC One. A judge determined that these devices infringe on a patent held by Nokia related to a modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station, or the way in which frequency is carried through the mobile devices.
According to a report by Foss Patents, Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court’s ruling paves the way for Nokia to enforce a sales injunction on infringing HTC devices. However, the judge will allow HTC to appeal the decision, which could mean the injunction will be held up until the Court of Appeal can issue its own ruling on the case. HTC has until 4 pm on Dec. 6 to apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal against Justice Arnold's "refusal of a wider stay."
After news of the win broke, Nokia issued the following statement on the decision:
"Nokia is pleased that the UK High Court has imposed an injunction on certain HTC products found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The injunction is stayed until December 6 to allow HTC time to appeal. Pending the appeal, HTC has undertaken not to ship any more of the infringing products into the UK, except the HTC One which it may continue to sell until the conclusion of any appeal. If HTC does not succeed on appeal, the injunction will take effect on all infringing products. Nokia is also claiming financial compensation for the infringement of this patent."
The U.K. isn’t the only country HTC has to worry about, since Nokia has brought its case to several countries in Europe claiming that HTC violates the same patent. Nokia is suing HTC in six countries, including US, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, and gaining more and more leverage with each case. While we cannot be sure if Nokia will win each battle, its possible that a settlement is on the horizon before the end of the year.
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