HTC has been accused of displaying disregard for the law by IPCom – an R&D company based in Munich, and this accusation has made the Taiwanese smartphone maker, HTC to temporary stop selling its phones via its online stores in the UK.
Meanwhile, HTC had already agreed to resolve the issue by selling models with workaround in the UK but according to BBC, IPCom has alleged that HTC did not implement any workaround and refused to play by the rules they both agreed on.
According to HTC Spokeswoman;
“As a leading innovator, HTC takes intellectual property issues very seriously. We are proactively investigating an infringement claim by a third party with respect to a single handset model.”
Many online stores like 02, EE and Carphone Warehouse had stopped selling HTC phones as they are now “out of stock” but Amazon and HTC’s own online stores are still selling the phones in UK. The only HTC product still available worldwide is the 5G Home HUb Router which does not infringe on IPCom’s Patents.
In 2012, HTC was found to have infringed on IPCom patents in UK court but HTC promised IPCom that it will use workaround before selling the phones in UK and later on, IPCom discovered that the suggested workaround has not been implemented by HTC after it tested DESIRE 12 in its R&D lab.
IPCom also tested Xiaomi MI MIX 3 which he found that it has also infringed on the same patent, so it remains to be seen as to how this will affect Xiaomi.
Meanwhile, the patent is related to how UMTS mobile devices gain initial access to a network.