HTC defeats IPCom in Germany
HTC has won an injunction against German tech company IPCom
HTC has managed to secure an injunction against German tech company IPCom.
We reported back in November that HTC was facing a smartphone ban in Germany as IPCom was seeking to enforce an injunction it obtained from a court case in 2009.
According to reports, HTC believed the 2009 injunction was no longer valid and continued supplying handsets to German retail outlets.
As a result, IPCom decided to issue cease and desist orders on December 6 to the retailers still selling the Taiwanese company’s handsets ahead of the courts final decision on the mater.
IPCom told retailers it wanted them to stop selling HTC products by December 20.
This was followed by IPCom threatening the vendors with legal action, the company said: ‘Since this deadline has passed without any of the retailers complying, IPCom has sued them for infringement of patent #100A.’
More details have now emerged as it seems HTC has obtained an injunction against IPCom, Taiwan Economic News reports that a court in Dusseldorf has issued the new injunction which demands that IPCom must stop harassing HTC retailers with lawsuit threats.
It’s a fairly thorough victory for HTC - not only has it been able to continue selling smartphones over the valuable Christmas retail period but it has avoided paying potential fines of up to €250,000 per handset sold (around £208,000) all while obtaining a gagging order against its rival.