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US court upholds HTC victory in patent dispute

Staff writer, with CNA

A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling by another US federal agency that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) did not violate patents claimed by US digital imaging company FlashPoint Technology Inc.

Without providing an explanation, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision issued by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in November 2011.

The ITC ruled in 2011 that some of HTC’s electronic imaging devices, including its Android smartphones and Windows Phone 7 smartphones, did not infringe upon patents owned by FlashPoint.

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 all settled with FlashPoint.

The patents in question are related to systems for controlling parameters in handheld digital cameras, retrieving capability parameters in electronic imaging devices and an auto-rotating, graphical user interface.

Meanwhile, Tela Innovations Inc, an integrated circuit (IC) design company, filed a complaint with the US ITC on Feb. 8 against HTC, Nokia, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc and Pantech Co.

California-based Tela Innovations claimed that the vendors had engaged in unfair trade practices by selling certain consumer electronics devices in the US that infringe seven of Tela’s patented designs for advanced IC manufacturing processes.

Tela’s complaint with the ITC seeks an exclusion order that would bar infringing smartphones, tablet computers and other electronic devices that are imported by or on behalf of the vendors from entering the US.

In the complaint, Tela identified the infringing products as including the HTC One X, the LG Spectrum 2, the Motorola Atrix HD, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Pantech Flex.

“We will definitely respect innovations and intellectual property patents, and we will spare no effort to protect our interests,” HTC said in a statement on Wednesday last week, adding that it had not yet received notification of the complaint from the court.

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