HTC in trouble as Nokia is granted preliminary injunction against them in the Netherlands over high-amplitude mics (Update)

Well this time is not the usual patent wars within Smartphone OEMs but its also not good news for HTC, whose current flagship (HTC One) has faced numerous delays onto the market. Nokia has been granted an injunction by the Amsterdam district court concerning the technology HTC used in its current flagship. The legal battle involves a pair of high-amplitude mics housed within One’s aluminum body, which are apparently the same dual-membrane components that Nokia’s used in its recent Lumia 720, seen above.

The Windows phone loving company recently applied for a preliminary injunction, pointing the finger at STMicroelectronics, which is responsible for fabricating the mic for both Nokia and HTC.Rumor has it that the issue is likely to be a breach of an NDA between Nokia and STMicroelectronics, as the phone maker asserts that the “microphone components were  invented by and manufactured exclusively for Nokia.HTC has offered up an official statement in response to the injunction: “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.”

Update

HTC took the opportunity to make a few clarifications about the injunction filed by Nokia telling us that Nokia’s attempts to institute a recall of the One failed; since the products were purchased in good faith, the ruling states that HTC can continue to use microphones that are in its inventory. Despite having a history rich in manufacturing delays, we’re told that this legal ruling will have no effect on the One’s availability. The Taiwanese phone maker plans a transition to “improved microphone designs” as soon as its current stock of STM supplies has been exhausted, a move which HTC claims will be transparent to consumers. Head below to see the full statement.

“In light of several misleading stories regarding a recent injunction obtained by Nokia against STM (a supplier of components to HTC in The Netherlands) HTC looks to clarify the following points:

-Nokia has NOT obtained an injunction in The Netherlands, or anywhere else, against the HTC One.
-The Dutch proceedings were brought by Nokia solely against STM. HTC was not sued by Nokia in the Netherlands.
-The Dutch injunction prohibits STM from selling certain microphones to any company other than Nokia for a limited period.
-The judgment against STM states that HTC can continue to use microphones already purchased from STM in its products, because they were purchased in good-faith. Nokia’s attempt to obtain a recall of microphones already sold to HTC failed.
-HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted.”

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