March 21, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
HTC has scored a temporary victory in the patent infringement lawsuit it faced from IPCom. A German appellate court suspended the decision that found HTC violated IPCom’s UMTS patents in the company’s Android and Windows Mobile phones. This momentarily puts HTC in the clear to sell the T-Mobile G1 and upcoming HTC Magic in Germany.
The previously mentioned patent dispute stems from Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), a technology used to add 3G functioning to cellular phones. IPCom claims its UMTS technology is used in the G1 and Magic without permission, and threatens to block the sale of both devices if HTC will not negotiate licensing fees. HTC has fired back that the patent is invalid and used in a chipset that it buys from another company. HTC says that it is already working with the chipset supplier to find a permanent solution in the event that they lose the patent lawsuit.
A German judge will hear more arguments from both companies’ legal teams in four weeks.