HTC ordered by court to stop sales in Germany after patent suit
Wafting threats of sales bans after legal entrenchment have come between Apple and Samsung over the past few years. But as an ultimate solution is being waited upon, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is dealing with a patent suit of its own and an oncoming stoppage of sales in Germany.
Specifically, Acacia Research Group LLC out of Texas has won a lawsuit against HTC in a German district court and has been granted an injunction that bans sales of the manufacturer’s devices through Deutsche Telekom. The ban could take effect within the month.
Acacia is a patent licensing firm focusing on standard technologies in mobile phones. The company has active agreements with Apple, Samsung and Huawei, but did not have one with HTC. Acacia’s Executive Vice President did not say whether or not the company is currently negotiating a license agreement with HTC.
HTC plans to appeal the ruling. Quoting the Wall Street Journal, HTC states that it and Deutsche Telekom are working to “minimize disruption to the carrier’s customers” in the meantime. Deutsche Telekom has acknowledged the ruling on its part, but continues to sell HTC devices on its web store.