HTC is at the receiving end of yet another blow after Nokia has won a German patent injunction against all Android smartphones made by the Taiwanese manufacturer including all editions of HTC One smartphone.
The win in Germany is the fourth for Nokia after victories in the Netherlands, the US and the UK. The latest injunction is a result of Nokia’s claim that all HTC manufactured Android smartphones infringe on a patent held my Nokia that is to do with peer-to-peer sharing over NFC and Bluetooth.
Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann ruled that HTC violates patent EP1148681 that relates to a “method for transferring resource information” and which allows users to connect two HTC Android devices directly over NFC or Bluetooth (but not over WiFi or the Internet) to share information such as URL notes FOSS Patents.
HTC will in all certainty appeal the decision, but a decision from the Appeal’s Court may not come in time that will allow the Taiwanese manufacturer to delay or avoid the ban. Google is also trying to invalidate the patent, but a decision regarding that too isn’t expected in near future.
Nokia can enforce this injunction and impose a ban on all HTC Android devices by posting a 400 million euro ($550 million) bond or giving security to the same amount.
Just a few days back another patent lawsuit found HTC guilty of infringing EP124071 patent held by Nokia that is to do with automatic configuration of appropriate driver on a desktop computer as and when a USB connection is established.