The A.U.S. International Trade Commission has come to a conclusion that HTC Corp has violated Nokia’s patents in a bid to get rid of problems in radio signals and for a method that was used to receive and send radio signals. Nokia has won the first round of legal battle.
HTC has infringed two patents from Nokia whereas the court did not find anything wrong with HTC on the third issue. It was about sending and receiving data communications from PC to mobile network. The judgment was passed by US International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender.
The decision of the judge is backed by six member commissions who have reviewed the patent issues in detail. The judge may stop the imports of devices that infringe Nokia patents and he will be making a final decision on January 23.
For fourteen years, Nokia remained to be the largest handset maker. However, it was Samsung that thwarted the sales of Nokia in 2011. Experts are feeling that the Finnish company is trying to get back the money they invested on phone innovations by fighting patent license cases. Recently, Nokia’s mobile business unit was acquired by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.
Nokia is pleased with the court’s action and they said that will be commenting on the issue once they fully analyze the judgment. The case that was raised by Nokia against HTC covered several handsets like Amaze 4G, One S, Rhyme, Vivid, Flyer, Rezound, Sensation 4G, Radar 4G and JetStream tablet PCs.
This means all the devices that are mentioned above are going to be banned in US by the body. Even though these may not be the best selling HTC devices, the ban can greatly impact the presence of the Taiwanese company in US.
Nokia is fighting against HTC in various courts in London, Germany and Rome. In May, Nokia had filed another case against HTC which is aimed at HTC One and Droid Incredible. HTC which is the leading tech company in Taiwan is struggling to make it big in US. Hence, the company is trying its best to reorganize its marketing strategy.
In 2011, the market share price of HTC came down by 89 percent. It was only when HTC released the HTC One, the company has managed to sustain some kind of control in US markets. Apple and Samsung products have continued to dominate the US markets. Recent stats show that worldwide smartphone market share of HTC was 2.8 percent in the second quarter of the year whereas Nokia managed to salvage 3.1 percent share in the same period.
As of now it appears that courts judgment is swinging in Nokia’s favor but we need to remember it is only preliminary ruling. It will take some time for matters to settle down. I If there is a case of patent infringement ITC has the power to block the import of any device from any company in US. Because of this reason, in the previous years, many tech companies have pitted against each other after coming to ITC.