updated 03:58 pm EDT, Mon April 22, 2013
Microphone technology developed for sole Nokia use in the HTC One
In the Amsterdam District Court, Finnish phone maker Nokia has won a court injunction that will stop device manufacturer HTC from using microphone parts co-developed and manufactured by STMicroelectronics NV in the new HTC One smartphone. A statement released by Nokia notes that the components were invented by Nokia, with the intention of being used exclusively in Nokia devices.
In its statement, Nokia said "HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed." The issued injunction only applies to sales in the Netherlands, but could set precedent in other pending actions around the world.
HTC responded to the loss in a statement saying that "HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately."
This court decision is only one in a range of conflicts between the two worldwide. Nokia has asserted 44 patents against HTC in Germany, the UK, and the United States, including actions involving the same microphone components. HTC has one sales injunction in Germany now, and Nokia has filed a second in the German courts on a similar patent on April 16.