According to Reuters the outcome of a patent battle in Germany between patent troll IPCom and HTC could mean HTC’s 3G handsets could be banned from the market by Christmas this year.
HTC has lost it years-long battle against the IP aggragator, and IPCom intends to move swiftly to ban the sale of their products in the country, saying:
“IPCom now intends to execute this injunction in the shortest possible time,”… “… we will use the right awarded by the courts, likely resulting in HTC devices disappearing from shops during the crucial Christmas season.”
Of course the threat is likely a negotiating tactic to increase HTC’s willingness to pay high licensing fees, but with even Samsung seeing its tablets banned in Germany due to trade dress issues there is a real likelihood all of HTC’s smartphones, including its Windows Phone models, could be affected.
IPCom’s patent trove include Bosch’s mobile telephony patent portfolio, created between the mid-1980s and 2000, which includes about 160 patent families worldwide including some of the key patents in the wireless industry, including a patent which standardizes a cellphone’s first connection to a network.
Windows Phone fans in Germany who were planning to buy one of these handsets for Christmas may be best advised to bring their purchase forward to avoid disappointment.