Not only is HTC having recent financial difficulties, but it looks like they will be facing some legal difficulties too as Nokia has won a legal victory over HTC over in the UK where a judge has found that HTC had infringed upon one of Nokia’s European patents. The patent in question is for a “Modulator structure for a transmitter and a mobile station” and with this legal victory, Nokia is now pushing for a sales injunction against HTC and its offending devices, and will also be seeking damages for HTC’s unauthorized used of their patents. “Nokia will now seek an injunction against the import and sale of infringing HTC products in the UK as well as financial compensation.”
Naturally HTC will be appealing to the courts against this decision, but for now it looks like Nokia is in the lead. Nokia has had several legal contestations with other tech giants in the past, such as Apple, although the scale of their legal battle is probably nowhere as near or as “epic” as Apple and Samsung. It is unclear as to which are the products by HTC that have infringed upon Nokia’s patents, but unless they are the HTC One and the newly launched HTC One Max, we reckon HTC shouldn’t be affected too greatly. We will keep an eye out for further development and see how HTC’s appeal goes.