Nokia Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against HTC

Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) sued rival mobile-phone maker HTC Corp. (2498) for selling products in the U.S., including the HTC One handset, that allegedly infringe three of its patents.

The three patents pertain to “terminal, method and computer program product for interacting with a signaling tag,” according to the complaint Nokia filed yesterday in federal court in San Diego. The Espoo, Finland-based company seeks a court order halting the alleged infringement and unspecified damages.

Nokia, which lost its 14-year title as world’s biggest seller of mobile phones to Samsung Electronics Co. in 2011, is trying to expand revenue from its patent portfolio. The company last year sued Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC in the U.S. and in Germany over alleged patent infringement.

“Upon receiving the official document, HTC is to consider all legal options to protect our rights,” the Taiwanese company said in an e-mailed statement today.

HTC shares fell 2 percent to NT$277 as of 12:41 p.m. in Taipei trading, headed for the lowest close since April 23.

The case is Nokia Oyj v. HTC Corp., 13-1231, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).

-- With reporting by Tim Culpan in Taipei. Editors: Peter Blumberg, Joe Schneider

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