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HTC says victory in patent suit shows it has respect for intellectual property

Staff Writer, with CNA

Smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday hailed its victory in an imaging patent dispute with FlashPoint Technology Inc as confirmation of its respect for patented innovations.

The world’s No. 4 smartphone maker made the remarks after the US International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday that HTC had not violated patents owned by the Peterborough, New Hampshire-based digital imaging company.

“The Commission’s determination validates our position that we respect protected innovations. We look forward to returning to doing what we do best: Creating innovative mobile experiences and providing choice to consumers,” HTC general counsel Grace Lei (雷憶瑜) said in an e-mailed statement.

The commission upheld a preliminary decision on July 27 that some of HTC’s electronic imaging devices, including smartphones that run Google Inc’s Android and Microsoft Corp’s Windows Phone 7, had not infringed on FlashPoint’s patents, according to a notice on the commission’s Web site.

FlashPoint, founded in 1996 by former employees of Apple Inc, also sued Nokia Corp, Research In Motion Ltd and LG Electronics Inc in the case, but those three companies settled with FlashPoint.

The patents in question were related to systems for controlling parameters in handheld digital cameras, retrieving capability parameters in an electronic imaging device and auto rotating a graphical user interface, the commission said.

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