Nokia has won the latest round in the mobile industry's ongoing tit-for-tat patent war.
Yesterday, the High Court in London ruled that HTC has been infringing Nokia's EP 0 998 024 patent, which covers a "modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station". A number of HTC's devices, including its flagship HTC One, the One SV and Wildfire S, infringe the patent, the court found.
"The judgment relates to devices using certain chips including (but not limited to) the Qualcomm WTR1605, Qualcomm WTR1605L, Broadcom BCM4329 and BCM4334. In addition, Nokia believes that the Broadcom BCM4330 infringes the patent in a similar way to the BCM4329. Nokia therefore believes that any HTC device that uses any of these chips would also be covered by the judgment," Nokia said in a statement, including the HTC One mini, One V, HTC One X+, Desire X, 8X and 8S.
Nokia is now seeking to ban the devices from sale in the UK and to obtain compensation from HTC.
"This is the third court this year to find that HTC infringes Nokia patents, bringing the number of patents found infringed to four. In September, the US International Trade Commission gave an initial determination of infringement of two Nokia patents and, in March, the Mannheim court ordered HTC to cease infringing a Nokia power saving patent," Nokia said.
It's already brought similar patent infringement cases against the company in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.
HTC said it will fight the court's decision. "Naturally HTC is disappointed by the decision that the UK court has reached in this case and we will be seeking to appeal the finding immediately," a spokesman for the company said.
Patents are likely to become an increasingly important revenue stream for Nokia once it has completed the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft. This week the company detailed the future focus of its Advanced Technologies unit, which looks after its patent licensing: Nokia said the business will look to sign more agreements with companies that are currently "unlicensed", and begin licensing out patents that it had kept unlicensed while it had a handset business.