According to a latest report from Engadget, Nokia has won preliminary injunction against HTC over the HAAC mics technology used in HTC One. Now, we all know HTC has been on a copying spree of Nokia innovations. From unibody design in HTC 8X to low-light camera tech and HAAC mics in HTC One. In this case it seems Nokia had licensed this technology to ST microelectronics for exclusive use of Nokia. But, HTC not only copied this tech without licensing it from Nokia, but also claimed it to be key feature for HTC One. Above image is a comparison between the HAAC mics components on Lumia 720 and HTC One, which look much similar as they have been manufactured by ST Microelectronics.
You can read more about Nokia’s patent wins against HTC in our earlier articles. Since it is upcoming Flagship device in this case it seems HTC is in real trouble this time.
Now, If Nokia gets this injunction in Europe, which is quite possible, then it will be huge setback for HTC!! Read the full press release below.
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.”