HTC, Qualcomm Work on Redesigning Smartphone Chip

Taiwan’s HTC Corp. is working with Qualcomm Inc. on ways to alter a component for its flagship One smartphone and other new devices, after a preliminary U.S. court win by Finnish rival Nokia Corp. raised the possibility of an import ban in HTC’s major overseas market, people familiar with the matter said.

An International Trade Commission judge made a preliminary ruling Sept. 23 that HTC infringed on two Nokia radio-related patents that help enhance transmission and reception of phone calls. Nokia’s filings with the ITC said that the chip covered by the patents is made by Qualcomm.

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