This is bad from HTC, really really bad.
Nokia has been granted preliminary injunction in Netherlands over HTC’s current flagship, HTC One which has allegedly used the High amplitude mics in its dual membrane body which is similar to the mics found in Nokia Lumia 720 (as shown in the image above).
These HAAC Mics have been created and supplied from ST Electronics exclusively to Nokia. The issue appears to be the breach of NDA between Nokia and ST Electronics.
Here’s the Nokia’s PR statement on this:
“The Amsterdam District Court has today granted Nokia’s request for a preliminary injunction against the supply to HTC of microphone components invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia.
Nokia filed this action after it discovered these components in the HTC One; HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed.
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.
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. An injunction against HTC devices in Germany, which were found on March 19 to infringe Nokia’s patent EP 0 673 175, is now in effect. The latest case, on Nokia patent EP 1 579 613 B1 was filed in Mannheim, Germany on April 16.
Once again, Nokia calls on HTC to compete using its own innovations and to stop copying from Nokia.”
This is really disgraceful from HTC. And STE too, i mean, how come these mics on HTC devices when they are invented by and manufactured for Nokia only? Should Nokia also point the finger on STE?!
Replying to this decision, HTC said:
“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.”
LOL! Disappointed ? Really?? No wonder why people calls them HTCopypasta, HTCrap. 😀
Now Netherlands is owned by Nokia, and if they gets it in Europe then that would come as a big win for sure.