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Patent firm sues German retailers over HTC phones

Patent firm sues German retailers over HTC phones
News from Economic Times:

FRANKFURT: Patent firm IPCom has sued German retailers for patent infringement for continuing to sell phones made by HTC, the No. 4 smartphone maker globally.

A court in Mannheim, Germany, ruled in February 2009 against HTC in a patent fight with IPCom, allowing an injunction against sales of HTC phones using UMTS technology and setting a penalty of up to 250,000 euros ($ 326,000) each time the injunction was violated.

All HTC smartphones use UMTS technology. After HTC dropped an appeal of the ruling, a court in Karlsruhe, Germany, in late November said the injunction against HTC smartphone sales in Germany could be enforced.

IPCom said in a statement on Thursday that it sent 100 retailers cease and desist requests on Dec. 6, asking them to stop selling HTC’s 3G handsets by Dec. 20.

“Since this deadline has passed without any of the retailers…………… continues on Economic Times

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HTC Already Has Workaround to Avoid the ITC Ban
News from Tom’s Guide:

HTC has already completed a workaround to prevent certain handsets from being banned from import into the United States.

Earlier this week, the ITC ruled that HTC was infringing upon one of Apple’s patents and issued a ban preventing certain HTC phones from being imported into the U.S. Soon after the ruling was handed down, the company announced plans to modify its phones so that they no longer infringe upon this patent.

“[...] the ’647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon,” the company was quoted as saying.

Now, just a couple…………… continues on Tom’s Guide

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