Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has issued a press statement noting that it has won an injunction against the use of specific microphone component use in HTC One smartphone. HTC currently uses STMicroelectronics-made microphone components (high-amplitude microphones), which according to Nokia are invented by Nokia and manufactured exclusively for Nokia phones.
“Nokia filed this action after it discovered these components in the HTC One; HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed,” Nokia said in the statement.
“In its marketing materials, HTC claims that its HDR microphone is a key feature for the HTC One, but it is Nokia technology, developed exclusively for use in Nokia products. Once again, Nokia calls on HTC to compete using its own innovations and to stop copying from Nokia,” Nokia added.
This could lead to further trouble for HTC, which has already struggled with camera and casing components for HTC One and the now this injunction by Amsterdam District Court on microphone components. The injunction is valid in Netherlands right now, but soon or later Nokia will file similar suits in other countries and HTC will have to opt for an alternative. Similar sentiments have been echoed by the company in a statement.
“HTC is disappointed in the decision. We are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately,” HTC said.