Dec 31 AT 4:25 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Nokia bans HTC products in Germany over Bluetooth file sharing via NFC

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Things are definitely not looking good for HTC. I know we say that a lot, but things are pretty bad right now. Due to a legal dispute with Nokia, all sales of Android-based HTC devices are banned in Germany. All this is over a patent that covers file sharing over Bluetooth via NFC, better known as Android Beam.

HTC is actually being sued in 7 countries over this patent because so far, it has not paid to license it. And since this is not a standard essential patent, it does not have to be licensed under FRAND terms. This means Nokia can basically do what it wants with the patent.

Since this is a standard feature in all modern Android phones, HTC isn’t the only one who could be in trouble. However, other companies are probably paying for use of this patent. Even so, Google is working to invalidate the patent.

For now, HTC will not be allowed to sell its devices until the feature is stripped from its devices, when Nokia posts a half billion dollar bail anyway. A software update can successfully remove Android Beam, but removing a feature isn’t exactly elegant (no matter how unused the feature is). It’s unfortunate that software patents end up in such actions. Hopefully something will be worked out soon.

Via: Phandroid

Source: FOSS Patents

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Bart

    This is something that SciFi writers never saw coming. All this technology is stymied by legal hassles and hackers. Can you imagine what would have happened to Death Star if it got hacked. All the funds for the Empire could have transferred to off-shore (opps, I meant off-planet) account and they wouldn’t have been able to make payroll. Not even Darth can stop the angry mob of the unpaid Storm Troopers. ;-)

  • Mrwirez

    These damn manufacturing companies make up anything and the EuroCourts fall right in line. The European Courts are as broken as the US Patent office.

    They (Nokia via M$ and Apple) REEeeeaaally don’t like competition.

    I somehow wish Goole would take the gloves off and give them a real fight, instead of HTC taking them on alone.. HTC already payed Apple for the Bullshit-é “pinch-zoom” and “bounce-back” patents.

    OH yeah… How anyone for a “rectangle w/rounded corners??

    • jerrbomb

      I agree except they don’t be alone for too much longer add Google has already been filing in courts against Rockstar.. Which involves Nokia.. So HTC isn’t totally alone.. Google doesn’t wanna take the same approach as its legal mortal enemies.. It isn’t getting it right so it can come out on top..

    • jerrbomb

      I agree except they wont be alone for too much longer… added Google has already been filing in courts against Rockstar.. Which involves Nokia.. So HTC isn’t totally alone.. Google doesn’t wanna take the same approach as its legal mortal enemies.. It is getting it right so it can come out on top..

    • jerrbomb

      I wish there was an edit button for all of my stupid typos

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • donger

      Oh really?

      • hmmmx

        Most likely… HTC will pay , there are 50 patents in total and nokia are doing different ones
        in the courts so….

        Samsung just signed a new agreement with nokia for SEP and non SEP
        patents… I guess they were smarter about this

  • harry

    I have HTC one x+ from Germany and i don’t get any software updates. Please Tell me can we get that in future?

  • jerrbomb

    Essentially then the courts let Nokia ban HTC phones..

  • hmmmx

    Yeap.
    The courts just say if you want the ban post the bond.

    So its up to Nokia if they want to have it Banned.

    or HTC could start paying for the stuff they have stolen

    They are going to have to pay for all previous sales under the determination.
    so why be stupid lose sales.

  1. BartGuest 1 year ago

    This is something that SciFi writers never saw coming. All this technology is stymied by legal hassles and hackers. Can you imagine what would have happened to Death Star if it got hacked. All the funds for the Empire could have transferred to off-shore (opps, I meant off-planet) account and they wouldn’t have been able to make payroll. Not even Darth can stop the angry mob of the unpaid Storm Troopers. ;-)

  2. MrwirezGuest 1 year ago

    These damn manufacturing companies make up anything and the EuroCourts fall right in line. The European Courts are as broken as the US Patent office.

    They (Nokia via M$ and Apple) REEeeeaaally don’t like competition.

    I somehow wish Goole would take the gloves off and give them a real fight, instead of HTC taking them on alone.. HTC already payed Apple for the Bullshit-é “pinch-zoom” and “bounce-back” patents.

    OH yeah… How anyone for a “rectangle w/rounded corners??

    • I agree except they don’t be alone for too much longer add Google has already been filing in courts against Rockstar.. Which involves Nokia.. So HTC isn’t totally alone.. Google doesn’t wanna take the same approach as its legal mortal enemies.. It isn’t getting it right so it can come out on top..

    • I agree except they wont be alone for too much longer… added Google has already been filing in courts against Rockstar.. Which involves Nokia.. So HTC isn’t totally alone.. Google doesn’t wanna take the same approach as its legal mortal enemies.. It is getting it right so it can come out on top..

    • I wish there was an edit button for all of my stupid typos

  3. Hom0ncruseGuest 1 year ago

    final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • Oh really?

      • hmmmxGuest 1 year ago

        Most likely… HTC will pay , there are 50 patents in total and nokia are doing different ones
        in the courts so….

        Samsung just signed a new agreement with nokia for SEP and non SEP
        patents… I guess they were smarter about this

  4. harryGuest 1 year ago

    I have HTC one x+ from Germany and i don’t get any software updates. Please Tell me can we get that in future?

  5. Essentially then the courts let Nokia ban HTC phones..

  6. hmmmxGuest 1 year ago

    Yeap.
    The courts just say if you want the ban post the bond.

    So its up to Nokia if they want to have it Banned.

    or HTC could start paying for the stuff they have stolen

    They are going to have to pay for all previous sales under the determination.
    so why be stupid lose sales.