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Nokia’s Complaint about HTC Could Lead to Exclusion Order in the US on the HTC One

June 21, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

It appears that today, Nokia has filed a new complaint against HTC with the ITC (International Trade Commission). This complaint could have an end result of a sales ban of two popular models produced by HTC. That would be the HTC One and the HTC Droid DNA. These two devices have not been placed under ITC exclusion orders just yet, but if the ITC commission finds that Nokia’s patents have indeed been infringed on, it could.

This filing was first submitted last month. There are some other devices mentioned in the complaint including the 2012 series of HTC One phones including the One X and One X+. The patents in question here cover technology for video processing, internal smartphone design and radio transceiver technology. In the past year, HTC has been accused of infringing on over 50 different Nokia patents. Yes, Nokia has a ton of patents at their disposal. Complaints have been filed with both German and US corts.

Just last month, Nokia had filed a suit against HTC in a San Diego court alleging that HTC infringed on three separate Nokia patents for a “terminal, method and computer program product for interacting with a signalling tag.” Basically it was in regards to tethering and hot spot features found in just about every Android phone running Android 2.3 and up. Nokia says that HTC uses this patent in at least ten different smartphones of theirs including the HTC One and the HTC First. Well, actually it’s probably used in many more, from many more manufacturers.

So let the patent suites continue. Instead of it being two very successful manufacturers like Apple and Samsung. It’s HTC and Nokia both of whom have been struggling as of late. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.