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HTC is Now Banned from Selling Android Devices in Germany

First, a bunch of former HTC executives wereconvicted of fraud and leaking insider information. And now, Nokia has won an injunction against HTC, resulting in an outright ban on the sale of HTC Android devices in one of the most powerful nations in the European Union.

Could HTC’s week get any worse?

We first told you about a similar thing happening to HTC in the UK earlier this month. The German ruling allows Nokia to block the sale of all HTC-branded Android devices – like the flagship HTC One – which allegedly infringe on a patent regarding peer-to-peer sharing over Bluetooth and NFC. (That’s basically the same technology that’s been around since the introduction of Bluetooth-compatible cell phones years ago.)

As is to be expected, HTC is most likely working on an appeal right now. Meanwhile, Google is trying to invalidate the patent in question, and rightly so – I don’t care if you’re Apple, Nokia, or anyone else. A BS patent lawsuit is just that: BS.

Unfortunately, while the appeal drags on in court, there won’t be much else for Google and HTC to do, other than comply with the sales ban. History has shown that Android manufacturers often get the short end of the stick, sometimes having to strip out or dramatically change features in order to keep doing business.

Source: http://www.pocketables.com/2013/12/htc-now-banned-selling-android-devices-germany.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pocketables%2FPpUx+%28Pocketables%29

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