HTC devices held at customs in Germany over alleged 3G patent infringement
unsuccessful, HTC was trying to show how relentless IPCom has become in trying to force HTC to accept its terms for licensing certain 3G-related patents. Most of the patents IPCom purchased from Bosch were ruled to be essential to 3G smartphone production, which should make them eligible for FRAND related negotiations.
As far as the seized shipment is concerned, it is unknown whether or not the devices were released prior to last week's trial. There are no reports of shortages of HTC devices in Germany. You might recall that last May, an ITC exclusion order led to U.S. Customs refusing to allow the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X into the U.S. after a ruling that HTC had infringed on an Apple patent. Eventually those devices were released.