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HTC One family of handsets banned in German Nokia suit over Android Beam features

Nokia has won a permanent inunction against HTC phones in Germany, including the HTC One family of devices, over Android Beam functionality.
December 30, 2013
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In its patent squabble with HTC, Nokia has delivered yet another blow to the Taiwan-based company, by obtaining another favorable ruling in Europe – this third one in Germany – that affects many HTC devices including One models.

A court in Munich found HTC products using Bluetooth or NFC connections to transfer files between mobile devices (basically Android Beam functionality) to infringe on a Nokia patent, awarding the Finnish company a permanent ban against these devices. The HTC One family of handsets is also included in the ruling, meaning that HTC would have to stop selling the handsets, or modify the software to remove such file sharing features, in order to keep the devices in stores.

HTC will obviously appeal the decision, but Nokia can already enforce the injunction after posting a $550 million bond. This is the third verdict for Nokia in the country, after the company won similar injunctions against HTC back in March and a few days ago.

Furthermore, in a matter of weeks, HTC has lost another verdict to Nokia in Europe, with a previous ban against HTC devices being awarded in the UK as well – the injunction, currently stayed, included the HTC One mini as well.

The two companies are duking it out in other European courts, but also at the ITC, and from the looks of it, HTC may soon strike a deal with the Finnish handset maker. After all, we’ve seen this picture before: after many defeats in court over the course of a few years of battles, HTC was forced to ink a deal with Apple in early November 2012.