The London litigation letter

29 October 2013

The need for control - English court refuses to vary US protection order.

In this update we consider a recent skirmish in the long running battle between mobile phone giants HTC and Nokia. In this particular encounter the English Court refused an application (motion) by HTC for an Order requiring Nokia's English lawyers to disclose confidential information belonging to a US third party company.

The effect of HTC's application, had it been allowed, would have been a variation of a Californian Court's order. The English Court, however, held that it did not have the jurisdiction to grant such an application and even if it had, as a matter of discretion, it would not vary the Californian order.