For several weeks now, we’ve been following one of the latest battles between smartphone companies, watching HTC and Nokia face off in the courts. By and large, these incidents saw Nokia ending up on top; while HTC did manage to get a stay on the injunction preventing sales of the One Mini in the UK, Nokia swung back with a big win in Germany. That round managed to avoid affecting the all-important One series, but HTC’s reprieve has not managed to last; a separate ruling has now set the stage for a ban on sales of all HTC Android devices – the One models included – throughout Germany.
The patent du jour that’s causing all this stink deals with the use of NFC and Bluetooth to set up direct connections between phones. With the court already having found HTC to be infringing, Nokia’s now able to enforce an injunction against HTC phones, so long as it posts a $550M bond while HTC attempts to appeal.
In a statement following the ruling, Nokia suggests that “HTC’s first New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to stop this free riding and compete fairly in the market.” The company stops short of promising that it will post that bond and move forward with the injunction, but the language it uses sure makes it sound like Nokia intends to see this through as far as it will go.