Quick heads-up!! Nokia has scored an emphatic win in patent case against HTC in UK. The patent in question is EP0998024 which is a pretty powerful mobile phone hardware patent according to FOSS patents. According to the High court’s ruling, the patent is valid and is infringed by various HTC products including its current flagship, the HTC One, which incorporate certain Qualcomm and Broadcom chips.
Justice Arnold ruled today that Nokia’s EP0998024 on a “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station”, a pretty powerful mobile phone hardware patent, is valid (HTC tried to shoot it down in the UK in hopes of influencing decisions in other jurisdictions) and infringed by various HTC products including its current flagship, the HTC One, which incorporate certain Qualcomm and Broadcom chips
Nokia is suing HTC over this patent not only in UK but also in US, UK, Germany, Japan and Italy. So, HTC may ultimately end up paying royalties to Nokia otherwise it may face injunction on its latest devices, which is less likely. Nokia has issued following statement,
Today’s judgment is a significant development in our dispute with HTC. Nokia will now seek an injunction against the import and sale of infringing HTC products in the UK as well as financial compensation. Local counterparts of this patent are already in suit against HTC in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.