A 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.