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HTC Corp. Sued in U.K. by Germany’s IPCom Over 3G-Device Patent

HTC Corp., the world’s largest maker of mobile phones that use Google Inc.’s Android operating system, was sued in Britain by IPCom GmbH & Co. over claims its products violate a European patent.

The lawsuit, filed June 17 in the High Court in London, came a day after the same patent was found by a U.K. judge to be valid and infringed by Nokia Oyj, the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones by volume.

“We offered a fair and reasonable license” to HTC, Bernhard Frohwitter, IPCom’s managing director, said in an e-mail. The new case targets HTC’s 3G devices, he said.

IPCom, based in Pullach, Germany, seeks royalties from a family of mobile-technology patents it acquired in 2007 from Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest automotive supplier. IPCom bought the patents after Bosch failed to license them to Nokia in 2003.

Linda Mills, a spokeswoman for Taiwan-based HTC, declined to comment when reached today by e-mail.

IPCom seeks a declaration of infringement against HTC and an inquiry into how much profit was generated by the company’s disputed products, according to court records in the case.

Since last week’s ruling, Nokia’s shares fell to a 13-year low. IPCom claims the patent is vital to the Finnish company’s handset sales -- a claim that Nokia rejected.

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