Ipcom vs. HTC, 1:0. Research and development company Ipcom, hailing from Munich, has entered a patent dispute with the Taiwanese developers. The dispute concerns car phones. Back in 2012, HTC agreed to sell their car phones in the UK with a workaround. Unfortunately (for HTC, at least), Ipcom has proven via testing that HTC did not in fact implement the workaround and instead continued to sell their products, which violated Ipcom’s patent, in a case of, as Ipcom put it, ”disregard for the law by contravening a UK court ruling”.
HTC’s official response, given to the BBC, was a very PR ”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”.
In order to avoid further issues, HTC has temporarily stopped selling its brand of smartphones in the United Kingdoms, although they are still on sale in other countries in the world. UK consumers can also buy them via Amazon.