The Financial Times reports that Nokia has won a major patent fight against HTC in UK and said it would seek an injunction against the import and sale of HTC’s products in Britain.
The patents were related to a technology used to transmit voice and text messages and is just one of several similar cases against HTC in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.
Nokia said “Today’s judgment is a significant development in our dispute with HTC,” while HTC said “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.”
After Nokia divests itself of its handset division it will retain control of its patents, and its litigation is expected to intensify.
Analysts at Berenberg said that it had been a “masterstroke” of the Nokia board to maintain its patent assets. The bank said that net royalty income this year will be about $600m but forecast that this could rise sharply after Nokia forge licensing deals with Samsung and other OEMs.
Read more at the Financial Times here.