If you were one of the people looking to purchase an HTC smartphone in 2019, then you might just be about to have more trouble finding one as HTC has allegedly now been found by IPCom to be infringing on a patent.
Granted, we know that not many reading this will have been looking for an HTC smartphone in 2019. The onetime go-to-smartphone manufacturer hasn’t had the best of times in recent years and that trend looks set to continue following this latest announcement from HTC. HTC took the decision following an alleged infringement of a 2012 IPCom patent which, amongst other areas, governs how emergency calls are prioritised on networks.
Back in a 2012 court case, HTC was ruled against and agreed to deliver a workaround on all future handsets. It now appears however that this particular workaround is not present in the HTC Desire 12, a device released back in March of 2018.
With this news coming to light, HTC has decided to halt all sales of the Desire 12, 12+ and U12+ in the UK, with their own store website showing the line-up as “out of stock”. There is still inventory of the Desire 12 out in the marketplace, due to imports from warehouses outside of the UK.
An HTC spokesperson told the BBC: “As a leading innovator, HTC takes intellectual property issues very seriously We are proactively investigating an infringement claim by a third party with respect to a single handset model.”
It remains to be seen how this legal wrangle will be handled moving forward, but this could be seen as just the latest set back in what has been a difficult fall from grace for HTC, who were, let us not forget, the first manufacturer to deliver an Android handset.