Nokia claimed to have won a court injunction against HTC, banning the use of specific microphone components in the HTC One, but HTC claims the court order was solely between Nokia and STMicroelectronics who supply the parts.
“Nokia has not obtained an injunction in The Netherlands, or anywhere else, against the HTC One,” said HTC in a statement. “The Dutch proceedings were brought by Nokia solely against STM. HTC was not sued by Nokia in the Netherlands.”
The Finnish smartphone manufacturer said the Amsterdam District Court had banned the use of the microphone technology in the HTC One smartphone until March 2014, which raised concern over potential delays for the Android powerhouse.
Despite a history of manufacturing delays, the legal ruling will have little bearing on the shipments of the HTC One handsets.
“The Dutch injunction prohibits STM from selling certain microphones to any company other than Nokia for a limited period. The judgement against STM states that HTC can continue to use microphones already purchased from STM in its products, because they were purchased in good-faith.”
“Nokia’s attempt to obtain a recall of microphones already sold to HTC failed.”
For the future, HTC will make a move to other high amplitutde audio capture components that it believes will be superior to those offered by STMicroeletronics.
“HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted.”
The injunction came about due to Nokia staff dismantling an HTC One handset and discovering the Android smartphone contained the same HAAC technology as the Finnish company’s exclusive invention. Used in smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia has now restricted the sale of the STMicroelectronics component, limiting sales only to Nokia until March 1 2014.