HTC found to be using Nokia’s proprietary HAAC Microphones in HTC One


One of the HTC One’s numerous features was an “HDR Microphone” which sounded suspiciously like Nokia’s High Amplitude Audio Capture Microphones found in most of their Lumias.

It turns out when Nokia popped the cover on the HTC One it was not just similar, but exactly the same component, which was invented and developed by Nokia for their exclusive use.

Nokia has applied and was granted a preliminary injunction in Amsterdam against the HTC One, noting it was just another example of HTC’s unauthorized use of Nokia’s inventions, with the company asserting more than 40 Nokia patents against HTC.

Engadget believes ST Electronics may be the one who sold Nokia’s component to HTC, but I am sure HTC was fully aware who was doing High Amplitude Microphones first.

Now if only Zoe’s were patented…

See the full press release after the break.

"The Amsterdam District Court has today granted Nokia’s request for a preliminary injunction against the supply to HTC of microphone components invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia.
Nokia filed this action after it discovered these components in the HTC One; HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed.

In its marketing materials, HTC claims that its HDR microphone is a key feature for the HTC One, but it is Nokia technology, developed exclusively for use in Nokia products.

This is one of the latest in a number of cases brought by Nokia to end HTC’s unauthorized use of Nokia’s inventions. More than 40 Nokia patents have been asserted against HTC in Germany, the US and the UK. An injunction against HTC devices in Germany, which were found on March 19 to infringe Nokia’s patent EP 0 673 175, is now in effect. The latest case, on Nokia patent EP 1 579 613 B1 was filed in Mannheim, Germany on April 16.

Once again, Nokia calls on HTC to compete using its own innovations and to stop copying from Nokia."