HTC to appeal patent ruling
HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said it would appeal a ruling on a patent-infringement dispute in the UK in favor of Finland’s Nokia Oyj. In a preliminary decision handed down on Wednesday, the UK High Court of Justice said that HTC violated Nokia’s EP0998024 patent on a “modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station,” which analysts say is a powerful mobile phone hardware patent that is hard to get around. Nokia said it would seek financial compensation and a sales ban on select HTC products in the UK that use certain Qualcomm Inc and Broadcom Corp chips, including the HTC One and HTC Wildfire. “Naturally, HTC is disappointed by the decision that the UK court has reached in this case and we will be seeking to appeal the ruling immediately,” HTC said.
Asustek Q3 profit up 3.7%
Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) yesterday said its net income increased 3.7 percent to NT$4.94 billion (US$167.7 million) in the third quarter, largely thanks to higher notebook shipments. Earnings per share last quarter were NT$6.65, compared with NT$6.33 in the previous quarter, the world’s fifth-largest PC vendor said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Sales rose 19.4 percent to NT$107.1 billion and operating profit increased 23 percent to NT$4.85 billion, it said. Net profit for the first nine months of the year totaled NT$15.83 billion, or NT$21.22 per share, it said.