One of the company's biggest threats is Nokia, which coincidentally
has one of the biggest patent portfolios in the mobile space. The Finish
company has won a patent lawsuit against HTC where Justice Arnold of
the England and Wales High Court has ordered an injunction against the
Taiwanese manufacturer's products, which are in violation of Nokia's
EP0998024 patent on "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile
HTC's argument is that the technology is part of the Qualcomm chips
the company uses and should be covered in a deal between Nokia and
Qualcomm in the US. But to no avail as the judge has issued the
injunction, which has been delayed until Friday so as to give time HTC
to appeal. If that does not happen Nokia could file to ban HTC One sales
in the UK.
HTC's One mini
has already fallen victim to Nokia and will be banned from selling
starting December 6. HTC has evoked examples such as Apple, BlackBerry,
Google, LG, Samsung and Sony, which all infringe on said patent, but
that wasn't enough to save its case.
Nokia had achieved a sales ban
against the One smartphone line in the UK before, forcing HTC to change
the radios and microphones inside the One. Nokia also won against HTC
regarding its wireless patents, battery-saving patent in Germany, the list goes on.