Netherlands court gives Nokia a preliminary injunction against the HTC One

Netherlands court gives Nokia a preliminary injunction against the HTC One
An Amsterdam district court has given a "preliminary injunction" to Nokia saying that some components on the new HTC One use technology produced by ST Microelectronics that was meant to be used exclusively for Nokia. The component in question is the dual-membrane microphone found on the just released HTC Android flagship model, which uses the same membranes as the microphone on the Nokia Lumia 720. Apparently ST Microelectronics used some patented technology and breached a non-disclosure agreement it had with Nokia to produce the microphone for the recently released HTC One.

The real dispute is between Nokia and ST Microelectronics, which produced the microphone for both Nokia and HTC although it did not have permission from the Finnish based handset maker to sell HTC the patented components. The HDR microphone on the HTC One has been marketed as a major feature on the device, but the technology does belong to Nokia and HTC's response is one of disappointment. HTC's executives "are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately." 

In the wake of the decision, Nokia has told HTC that it should compete with its own innovations and to "stop copying from Nokia." Nokia can now seek a sales ban on the HTC One in the country, another problem for the already delayed handset.


source: Engadget


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71 Comments

1. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Why should HTC have to pay for this? from the article it seems that ST Electronics should be paying up due to them breaking their NDA

5. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

HTC won't have to pay Nokia. The article states they're actually going after ST Microelectronics. The problem is that Nokia can still seek a ban on the HTC One as a core component of it doesn't actually belong to HTC, be it their fault or not.

6. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

From what I understand, Nokia isn't going after money from HTC, they're trying to get them to stop selling the device. They have pointed the finger at and are going after ST Electronics. I suppose Nokia does have a right to ask HTC not to use the part in their phones, but who knows if HTC even knew that what ST Electronics was selling to them was protected technology. Sucks, but Nokia does seem to have the right here.

11. windroid unregistered

HTC is just forbidden to use the micro that belongs to Nokia. This all story is a shame, this type of situation should exist, in fact, ST Electronics is robbing Nokia. Although I have my doubts HTC didn't knew the facts, they should be more careful.

55. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

all i understand is that some lumia 720 components are better than htc one. hahaha and they say the one is flagship....

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm sure that if Nokia wanted to play fair, they could just ask for a royalty for the microphone. I'm sure HTC would comply. They've shown a willingness to work with patent disputes in the past. I don't know why Microsoft and its partners are taking a page from Apple's playbook. Thus far the lawlsuits Apple has thrown around have been among its least successful ventures.

8. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Play fair? Nokia would rather see HTC choke. Nokia has it hard enough as is and HTC is pricariously close to deep financial trouble. At Nokia's best they'd probably ask for some absolutely crazy royalty fee that would seriously hurt HTC's profits on the device in said country. If Nokia wanted to play fair they would be trying to settle this out of court. Instead it looks like they're going full steam ahead with the judicial system.

13. windroid unregistered

Camon! THEY ARE USING Nokia chips! It's like stole a Ferrari and say, how nice is my car?

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wouldn't say they're taking a page from their playbook. Nokia and Microsoft have genuine patents for new concepts and products and innovations, whereas apple patents something already common or seen as mostly FRAND and tries to sue over it.

14. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

You do understand this is a unique and innovative feature right?That's like asking that they license out the 808 pureview's tech to others so they can brag about and whoo consumers with Nokia's tech. It's a headliner (Rich Recording) used to sell there phones. If someone else has the same technology then possible consumers who might be inclined to purchase a Nokia product because of this feature wont be. Not to mention since its also a headlining feature for HTC.

34. willard12 unregistered

You do understand that this unique and innovative feature was not created by Nokia, right? The accusation is the violation of a "nondisclosure agreement." That usually means monetary compensation in every other business, not an injunction. And that compensation would come from ST Microelectronics, not HTC. You can always tell when a mobile phone maker and a mobile OS make more money from patents and lawsuits than from actually selling phones.....apparently, even if the patent belongs to someone else. Then, Nokia still has the audacity to tell HTC they should stop copying.

58. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

LOL You could not be more wrong. Do you even know anything about the microphones in question? They are the only mobile device microphones capable of recording clear sound in excess of 135db. The HAAC microphone is a specific technology engineered and designed by Nokia. Anyone who knows about the 808 pureview (the first device it was introduced in) knows this fact. HTC has taken this critically acclaimed headlining feature and are masquerading as the primary innovators with there " HDR MIC tech" and a page dedicated to explaining how it works. They have even received praise in reviews for something which they had no part in developing. I am sure a company like HTC must have known the mic's were Nokia's especially with all their engineers having to go through the devices components, so of course Nokia has every right to tell HTC to stop copying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8RHQC0eS_k i.nokia.com/blob/view/-/1696152/data/2/-/Download2​.pdf http://conversations.nokia.com/2013/04/09/make-a-lot-of-noise-for-nokias-haac-recording-technology/ "Nokia’s engineers found a solution to this with a number of innovations, collectively called High Amplitude Audio Capture (HAAC), which enable you to record audio that sounds as good as when you first heard it." "It was in 2007 that a Nokia team began thinking about how they could create a microphone that could handle high amplitude noises." " Following lots of test recordings and demonstrations, the Nokia team filed patent applications for key innovations in early 2009 and began working with suppliers to develop the first prototype HAAC microphones. Nokia’s team continued to refine the technology before the first HAAC microphone was launched to the world, in the Nokia 808 PureView last summer." ST electronics is the company in charge of making this component for Nokia. They had no part in the design or R&D of the technology. If ST decides that they can put there exclusive tech on someone else's device without consent from Nokia they should be sued.

62. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So true! I would also like to know what the reviewers will say now! especially after one reviewer here on Phonearena stating that HTC's sound recording blows Nokia's Rich Recording Technology out of the water! LoL what does this mean now? Nokia's technology blows Nokia's technology out of the water hey!

59. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

The same way HTC had the audacity to call out Nokia's PureView technology the time they announced the Htc One! Also mentioning that with the 808 unveil that the megapixel race was escalated and that more megapixels wont help you one bit which was a slap in Nokia's face!

17. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

In this case, I would imagine that it's more than just about getting money from another manufacturer. They invented technology that they hoped would give them a competitive advantage against one of their chief competitors, and that advantage was simply nullified without the competitor even having to engineer something better. Taking a royalty may be a more practical approach now that the HTC One is already out, but I can understand that they must be very frustrated with the idea of their competitors using the tech they engineered exclusively for their own devices.

35. willard12 unregistered

"They invented technology that they hoped would give them a competitive advantage." As I understood the article, I don't think Nokia invented it, but just wanted the inventor not to sell it to anyone else.

43. Fossi

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

"microphone components [were] invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia." Taken from the article at Enadget. Invented by Nokia and manufactured exclusively for Nokia. Nokia Filed for a Patent on it 2009. Multi-membrane microphone for high-amplitude audio capture US 8233637 B2

71. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

That's only partially correct. The technology is exclusive for 12 months. Once the contract is up, everyone should have the access to the technology, but will have to sign contract agreements with Nokia to avoid violating patent. "The same dual-membrane microphone is used in both the Lumia 720 and the HTC One, but Nokia (which co-developed and designed the component) had signed a 12-month exclusivity deal with the chipmaker -- a deal that STMicroelectronics apparently thought was only six months long." Engadget, the same place where you go your quote.

60. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

From Nokia: "It was in 2007 that a Nokia team began thinking about how they could create a microphone that could handle high amplitude noises. Together, Antti and Teemu explained the roots of the problem to me: Most microphones have a certain dynamic range – one can be sensitive to the quietest sounds while another can tolerate extremely loud noises. What is difficult to achieve, particularly in a mobile device where the component may only be 3-4 millimetres wide, is having a microphone that can be effective for both the quiet and loud parts of the sound. The solution found Following lots of test recordings and demonstrations, the Nokia team filed patent applications for key innovations in early 2009 and began working with suppliers to develop the first prototype HAAC microphones. Nokia’s team continued to refine the technology before the first HAAC microphone was launched to the world, in the Nokia 808 PureView last summer."

64. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Are you one of those people samsung paid to comment negative stuff on competitors articles? Cant believe phonearena not mentioning that "Samsung acknowledges dirty ‘unfortunate’ tactics in writing false hate against competition"

67. eanpreou

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

please you're the one who needs to read the article again. stop making a fool of yourself.

31. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

they clearly are not asking for royalties here but are seeking injuction against Htc One for using their technology.....

56. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

they not letting them sell htc phone because they used their innovation in it.

3. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

I hope they settle the issue

4. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

*Meant this comment as a reply. Ignore it*

7. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

I understand this, but let's be honest, the One needs it more than the 720. I know people don't doesn't even know what's Windows Phone.

15. windroid unregistered

And that's supposed to mean: since One needs the micro more than 720 then it's ok to rob?

29. xprimer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

oh, kid, com'n. If someone stole yer property, is it okay and say, ok thats not a problem. I dont thnk u can do that. Grow up and get some milk. . .

36. willard12 unregistered

It isn't Nokia's property, it's SK Microelectronic's property. But hey, don't let facts get in the way of a mindless analogy.

38. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No, Nokia comissioned ST to develop it means that it belongs completely to Nokia. A builder builds your home doesn't mean that he can let anyone live in it.

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