HTC’s 3G range facing ban from German shelves

HTC’s 3G range facing ban from German shelvesA while back, patent troll (er, are we allowed to say that?) IPCom took legal action against HTC, claiming that the Taiwanese manufacturer’s 3G range violated one of its treasured patents. HTC was set to appeal today, but – in a slightly confusing move – has decided not to bother.

As such, it’s a very real possibility that HTC’s 3G range could disappear from German shelves before Christmas. Holy currywurst.

As reported on FOSS Patents, HTC released the following nonchalant statement: “HTC considers that the appeal had become redundant as the German Federal Patents Court had previously held the relevant claim of the patent to be invalid.”

But IPCom's Managing Director, Bernhard Frohwitter, thinks HTC should be more concerned. He says IPCom "will use the right awarded by the courts, likely resulting in HTC devices disappearing from shops during the crucial Christmas season".

Of course, if it comes down to that, HTC could always set up some sort of licensing deal with IPCom, allowing it to continue selling its phones in Germany for a small fee. HTC already pays Microsoft $5 for every Android handset sold.

German consumers are having a tough time of it this weather. Earlier this year, a German court banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, though Sammie sidestepped the ruling with a makeover and relaunched its super-slim tablet as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 11:23

Yeah, well... us Germans, eh ;)

blizzard7  Nov. 28, 2011 at 11:35

"Nein nein, das ist nicht gut!".

I think that's the conversation pretty much summed up.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 11:47

Schweinehund :p

Seriously though: Htc wouldn't let Nokia or Sammy copy Sense. IP - 2 sides to the game ;)

Treab  Nov. 28, 2011 at 18:07

jeez old and older...

HTC arent about to be banned it affected 1 old handset and all of htcs current phones dont violate the patent.

Treab  Nov. 28, 2011 at 18:07

jeez old and older...

HTC arent about to be banned it affected 1 old handset and all of htcs current phones dont violate the patent.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 18:14

Ah, yeah. Seems Treab is, **cough** right ;)

Treab  Nov. 28, 2011 at 18:17

im always right its why you dislike me :p

http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/11/26/706509c7-0c08-422e-ba0f-a1a69ce6d723.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 28, 2011 at 19:19

:p

blizzard7  Nov. 28, 2011 at 19:25

Old!? I think you'll find I'm 20 thank you very much! :3

Treab  Nov. 28, 2011 at 21:07

Jebus... mental age of 50 then ;)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6qjL5nXdrYU/SxKgmSIkxCI/AAAAAAAADyo/RxOuQrIFFpM/s1600/2mxlc3r.jpg

blizzard7  Nov. 28, 2011 at 22:20

It's called maturity. One day you might be able to download some for yourself (_;)

Treab  Nov. 28, 2011 at 22:27

maturity oO its also called old...

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