HTC may have to modify the technology in several of its phones to prevent a possible U.S. sales ban
Each time you think HTC is getting back up on its feet, something else seems to knock the company down again. Not only are HTC’s sales continuing to decline, but now the company has even ran into some new drama with Nokia that might require HTC to modify the way some of the technology in its handsets work.
This isn’t the first time that HTC has went up against Nokia due to patent issues, so what’s all the hubbub about this time around?
In a nutshell, an initial ruling by the International Trade Commission last week concluded that HTC had infringed on two Nokia patents relating to radio frequencies and the ability to remove errors in radio signals. While the ITC’s full decision isn’t expected until January 23rd, the ruling could mean that HTC will need to find a way around the infringing patents if they want to avoid a potential sales ban on several of their handsets in the United States, including the HTC One.
According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, the chip in question is actually made by Qualcomm. As a result of this, WSJ reports that Qualcomm and HTC are working together to revise the way the chip works, in order to get around the infringing patents.
From the sounds of it, this is just a back up plan in HTC’s eyes, as the company remains hopeful that they can get the ITC to reverse its initial judgement.
In response to the original ruling against it HTC had this to say:
We are pleased to have a partial victory from the Administrative Law Judge’s Initial Determination today, and we look forward to a Final Determination by the Commission in favor of HTC on this matter. In the meantime, HTC will keep its alternative plans ready to ensure no business disruption.
In other words, HTC will keep soldering on, regardless of what the ITC decides.
That leaves us with just one question: Have the tech “patent wars” gone too far, or are lawsuits like this completely understandable?