HTC’s 3G smartphones may be banned in Germany due to alleged patent infringement
With a population of 82 million and a 123% mobile penetration rate, Germany is a very important market for most of the major handset makers, including HTC.
But HTC seems to have some problems lately.
The German website Handeslblatt reports that the Taiwanese manufacturer has lost a patent violation suit in favor of IPCom GmbH. The latter company claimed HTC has to pay license fees for some UMTS patents used in its Windows Mobile and Android handsets.
On February 27, a German court confirmed that HTC infringed the “100 series” patents, which IPCom reportedly bought from Robert Bosch GmbH in 2006.
Moreover, IPCom has also filed a complaint against Google, since the big G is involved in the making of HTC’s Android devices.
Bernhard Frohwitter, director of IPCom GmbH, said that if they won’t reach an agreement with HTC, the Taiwanese company may be forced to stop selling UMTS smartphones in Germany, including the T-Mobile G1 and the yet-to-come HTC Magic.
We’ll have more on the matter as soon as new details emerge.