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Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) A U.S. appeals court on Thursday (U.S. time) upheld a ruling by another U.S. federal agency that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. did not violate patents claimed by U.S. digital imaging company FlashPoint Technology Inc.
Without providing an explanation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in November 2011.
The ITC ruled in 2011 that some of HTC's electronic imaging devices, including its Android smartphones and Windows Phone 7 smartphones, did not infringe upon patents owned by FlashPoint.
FlashPoint, founded in 1996 by former employees of Apple Inc., also sued Nokia Corp., Research In Motion and LG Electronics Inc. in the case, but those three companies all settled with FlashPoint.
The patents in question are related to systems for controlling parameters in handheld digital cameras, retrieving capability parameters in an electronic imaging device, and auto-rotating, a graphical user interface.