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Nokia could get the HTC One banned in Europe

Wins a preliminary injunction against HTC flagship smartphone
Tue Apr 23 2013, 10:13
HTC One black and white

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia could request a European ban on the HTC One smartphone, having won a preliminary injunction against the handset in Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam District Court granted Nokia a preliminary injunction on Monday, agreeing with the Finns' claims that the HTC One uses microphone technology that it invented. According to Nokia, it invested in and exclusively manufactured the technology before the HTC One was released, claims that contradict HTC's advertising.

A Nokia spokesperson confirmed the news to The INQUIRER, saying, "In its marketing materials, HTC claims that its HDR microphone is a key feature for the HTC One, but it is Nokia technology, developed exclusively for use in Nokia products."

Nokia added that it has filed over 40 patent lawsuits against HTC in various countries around the world that could affect the firm's flagship Android smartphone.

"This is one of the latest in a number of cases brought by Nokia to end HTC's unauthorized use of Nokia's inventions. More than 40 Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in Germany, the US and the UK."

The injunction is effective until March 2014, the Amsterdam court ruled, which means that ST Micro can no longer sell the microphone components to HTC. It's still unclear whether Nokia will go after a sales ban, but we've asked the firm for more information.

HTC understandably isn't pleased. It said in a statement, "HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately." µ

 

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