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HTC Faces A Sales Ban In Germany, Only A Partial One Though

December 16, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

HTC was one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers once, that’s not the case anymore though. The company has been having a hard time making a profit in the last couple of years, and they’re actually trying to find a way to change that. They’ve introduced a number of high-end devices in the first half of this year, and have recently (a couple of weeks back) announced the mid-range One A9 smartphone. This device actually ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and it has been selling quite well thus far, at least according to the latest report. That being said, HTC is also planning to release the One X9 smartphone in the coming weeks, a device which has leaked several times in the last couple of days.

Now, these are good news for HTC, but there are some bad ones as well, unfortunately. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, this Taiwan-based company has been banned from selling devices in Germany through Deutsche Telekom. ”Acacia Research Group LLC, a patent licensing firm based in Plano, Texas, won the lawsuit in Germany’s Mannheim District Court on Nov. 27 that granted it an injunction against HTC handset sales through Deutsche Telekom AG,” said David Rosmann, Acacia Research Group’s Vice President. This company has actually filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Telekom last year regarding standard essential patents related to voice coding technology. Well, the company has won this lawsuit against Deutsche Telekom, and it seems like HTC is affected.

The Taiwan-based company was quick to say that they’ll appeal this decision immediately, and is working with Deutsche Telekom in order to soften the blow basically. Deutsche Telekom has confirmed this information, but has also said that HTC’s devices are available through its webshop. These are, of course, not good news for HTC, the company is having enough problems selling enough devices as it is, and this is definitely not something they’ve expected will happen. Either way, the case is far from closed despite the injunction, we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks, and will HTC’s appeal do any good.