As German Handeslblatt reported yesterday, IPCom, a license manager for patents, filed an injunction claiming HTC needed to pay license fees for the use of UMTS patents which are used in HTC's Windows Mobile and Android UMTS smartphones.
A German court ruled in favor of IPCcom on February 27th. It confirmed the violation of the "100 series" patents, IPCom said it bought back in 2006 from German Robert Bosch GmbH. Because HTC works also closely with Google on currently available Android smartphones (the HTC T-Mobile G1) and upcoming (Vodafone HTC Magic) IPCom has also set a separate complaint against Google last week.
IPCom director Bernhard Frohwitter said in an E-Mail statement that he hope the two parties would reach an agreement on licensing terms. However, he made clear that if an agreement cannot be reached, IPCom would force HTC to stop selling affected products in Germany
Back in 2008, IP-Com had filed the same case against Nokia and sued Nokia for billions of Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne