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IPCom Will Seek to Block HTC 3G Smartphone Sales in Germany

December 02, 2011

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- IPCom GmbH & Co. said it will seek to block sales of HTC Corp. 3G smartphones in Germany after HTC withdrew an appeal in a patent lawsuit.

“We will use the right awarded by the courts, likely resulting in HTC devices disappearing from shops during the crucial Christmas season,” IPCom managing director Bernhard Frohwitter said in an e-mailed statement.

HTC, the largest seller of smartphones in the U.S., dropped the appeal of a patent ruling won by IPCom in Germany because a separate German patent court partially invalidated the patent at issue, HTC lawyer Martin Chakraborty said today.

An outside spokeswoman for HTC in London said she couldn’t immediately comment.

IPCom, based in Pullach, Germany, seeks royalties from a family of mobile-technology patents it acquired in 2007 from Robert Bosch GmbH, the world’s largest automotive supplier. IPCom bought the patents after Bosch failed to license them to Nokia in 2003.

HTC and Nokia Oyj in December teamed up to overturn most of one of IPCom’s patents in Germany’s Federal Patent Court in Munich. The mobile-phone makers had sought to void the patent entirely. HTC is separately being sued by IPCom in Britain over claims its products violate a European patent.

--Editor: Anthony Aarons, Peter Chapman

To contact the reporter on this story: Aoife White in Brussels at awhite62@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net.


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