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HTC hails victory over U.K. patent ruling against Apple

2012/07/05 14:23:58

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) HTC Corp. hailed a victory over its arch-rival Thursday after a London court ruled that the Taiwanese smartphone vendor has not infringed on any patents belonging to Apple Inc.

"HTC is pleased with the ruling, which provides further confirmation that Apple's claims against HTC are without merit," the Taoyuan-based company told CNA.

"We remain disappointed that Apple continues to favor competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace," HTC said.

England's High Court of Justice ruled a day earlier that three of four patents claimed by Apple to have been infringed upon by HTC were invalid, and that HTC did not infringe upon the fourth.

One of the invalidated patents was Apple's flagship "slide to unlock" patent, while the iPhone maker's photo management patent was found not to have been infringed upon.

Earlier in the week, some of HTC's latest smartphones were permitted to continue to enter the United States while a trade agency investigated whether HTC has violated an order to stop infringing on Apple patents.

The U.S. International Trade Commission denied an emergency request by Apple to have HTC phones, including the One X and EVO 4G LTE, detained at U.S. borders.

The agency said Apple had not demonstrated the propriety of temporary emergency action and did not have the necessary information to determine whether HTC was violating its limited exclusion order.

(By Jeffrey Wu)