HTC's Stopped Selling Phones in the UK Thanks to a Patent Dispute

Patent dispute forces HTC to stop selling smartphones in the UK

HTC's Stopped Selling Phones in the UK Thanks to a Patent Dispute

In what could be the resounding nail in the battered HTC coffin, HTC has indicated it will pull its Desire 12 smartphone and all other handsets from the United Kingdom market after infringing on the patent of IP management and patent licensing company IPCom.

The Taiwanese company's online store now lists all of its models as "out of stock" with the issue blamed on a dispute with research and development company Ipcom over their wireless technology.

IPCom's patent 100A governs how handsets connect to the mobile network, prioritise emergency calls and comply with global telecoms standards.

Heading over to the HTC website and you'll find that all the company's phones are labelled "Out of Stock", and the BBC reports that its phones have already been pulled from sale by Carphone Warehouse, O2, and EE.

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC isn't dead, although it may as well be in the UK.

However, Ipcom confirmed via testing that HTC did not implement the workaround, and instead continued to violate the patent.

HTC's smartphone business has been going through a trying time recently, and as a result it's seeing its devices ranged in fewer places, but this latest development will do it no favours.

The court ruled in IPCom's favour and HTC agreed to a workaround sanctioned by the court for all future handsets.

HTC's official response was rather candid.

"As a leading innovator, HTC takes intellectual property issues very seriously".

However, HTC spokesperson told BBC that "we are proactively investigating an infringement claim by a third party with respect to a single handset model".

HTC's 5G home hub router isn't affected by this patent dispute and will remain on sale.

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