Nokia Wins An Injunction Against HTC In Germany

By 11:14 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 Comments

HTC has managed to acquire itself in more legal trouble. According to the news coming from Germany, the Nokia has managed to acquire an injunction against HTC for infringing upon one of its key patents, which affects all HTC Android devices. This means that Nokia can now acquire all HTC Android devices banned in Germany.

The patent involves Universal Serial Bus (USB) and the way the Personal Computer (PC) chooses the appropriate driver when you connect the device to it. To avoid the ban, HTC will have to either modify the method it uses to avoid using Nokia's patented technology or strike a licensing agreement with Nokia.

This patent is possibly used by all Android OEMs, so Nokia could easily go after all the others after this victory, although they haven't announced anything as such as of now. Regarding the victory against HTC, Nokia had the following to say:

"Nokia is pleased that the Regional Court in Munich, Germany has today ruled that a number of HTC products infringe Nokia’s patent EP 1 246 071, which covers Universal Serial Bus (USB) functionality in mobile phones.

Today's judgment is another significant milestone in our on-going dispute with HTC, enabling Nokia to enforce an injunction against the import and sale of all infringing HTC products in Germany, as well as to obtain damages for past infringement. This patent is also already in suit against HTC in the UK.

Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorized utilize of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Courts in Mannheim and Munich, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."

HTC will need to act quick or risk losing all business in Germany during the holiday season.




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