HTC's Android devices face ban in Germany after Nokia wins another injunction in court
Now, HTC has some new legal problems in Germany, where a judge has ruled that HTC infringed on a key USB patent owned by Nokia. As a result, the German court has issued an injunction against all of HTC's Android powered devices in the country. This could be a scare for all Android manufacturers although Google chose not to get involved in the case at this point.
HTC could devise a workaround for the patent, which helps PCs decide which driver to use when hooked up to a smartphone using the USB port. Obviously HTC would rather lose that feature over having all of its Android phones banned in Germany. There is another solution albeit not one that the Taiwan based manufacturer would find tasty. It could negotiate a license with Nokia. Eventually, other Android handset manufacturers will have to do the same or face the same consequences. As far as Windows Phone is concerned, the guys in Redmond have a license to use the patent based on terms of Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services business.
As for HTC's Android devices in Germany, Nokia can enforce the ruling on a provisional basis during the appeal process. But it would be required to post a 50 million EUR ($68 million USD) bond to cover potential sales lost by HTC during this period, just in case HTC wins at the appellate level.
Things could get worse for HTC, believe it or not. Last week, the U.S. ITC announced that it would review a preliminary ruling that the company infringed on a pair of Nokia patents and this action could end up with a sales ban in the U.S. against HTC.
source: FOSSPatents via theunwired