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German court clears HTC in Nokia suits

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Smartphone vendor HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said the District Court of Mannheim in Germany had dismissed two patent infringement complaints filed by Nokia Oyj and ordered the Finnish company to pay HTC’s legal fees.

HTC said in an e-mailed statement that the court had ruled that it did not infringe two patents held by Nokia and therefore did not violate Germany’s patent law.

According to the statement, the Finnish handset maker accused HTC of infringing its EP0812120 patent in Germany, which is a “method for using services offered by a telecommunications network, a telecommunications system and a terminal for it.”

“HTC respects the intellectual property rights of others, but believes that Nokia has exaggerated the scope of its patent in order to extract unwarranted licensing royalties from Android handset manufacturers,” HTC said.

In a separate ruling, the court also dismissed a complaint by Nokia alleging that HTC infringed its EP1312974 patent in Germany called “electronic display device and lighting control method of same.”

HTC said the second ruling represented “another major setback for Nokia in its attempt to license its non-essential patents to Android handset manufacturers.”

HTC said it was confident that the Federal Patents Court would revoke the patent before any appeal by Nokia is heard.

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