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HTC Products Seized at German Airport Over 3G Patent

Products belonging to Taiwanese smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC have been seized at a German airport because of an ongoing 3G patent dispute.

During the firm's 3G patent infringement trial between HTC and IPCom in a German court, it stated that some of its shipments into Germany were seized by customs at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport between February 4 and February 10. HTC said there is currently no shortage of its devices in the German market.

It comes after German patent regulation and monetization firm IPCom applied for a warrant to have HTC's 3G-enabled smartphones held at the border, as they allegedly violate its patents.

As well as citing the aforementioned seizure, HTC reminded the court that the Munich-based IPComto attempted to have police seize handsets during last year's CeBIT trade. It said such actions from the firm are efforts to bully HTC into accepting its patent-licensing terms.

Five years ago, IPCom sued both HTC and Nokia following its purchase of a portfolio of wireless patents from Robert Bosch GmbH, which is a former manufacturer of wireless handsets. The majority of patents included in the deal relate to cellular telecommunications standards, including 3G technology.

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  • blazorthon
    Go get 'em, HTC. They're might as well be asking for a fight.
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  • pocketdrummer
    REFORM THE DAMN PATENT SYSTEM!!!!
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  • fnh
    Why is it that it looks like the Germans are more forceful in enforcing patent issues (by that I mean sales bans/and now seizures)? The Americans are locked in courts, but the Germans seem to move with law enforcement much more readily.
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  • abbadon_34
    God I hope this was a commercial shipment of 1000's of units, not some guy with one in his pocket...
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  • abbadon_34
    Great now we have to fear traveling through Germany with an improperly patented device.

    "You e-papers please..."
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  • onakander
    Patents: Protecting innovation and the free market once again.
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  • velocityg4
    What I want to know. Did HTC make the radio chip or somebody else used in the handset? If somebody else why would HTC be involved in this? Shouldn't it be between IPCom and the chip manufacturer?
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  • Non-Euclidean
    pocketdrummerREFORM THE DAMN PATENT SYSTEM!!!!In Germany!!!!!!!
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  • ddpruitt
    abbadon_34God I hope this was a commercial shipment of 1000's of units, not some guy with one in his pocket...
    Literacy, it's difficult isn't it?

    it stated that some of its shipments into Germany were seized by customs at the Frankfurt-Hahn airport

    RTFA, they're only seizing HTC's shipments, they're not seizing devices from individuals.
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  • Marco925
    ddpruittLiteracy, it's difficult isn't it?RTFA, they're only seizing HTC's shipments, they're not seizing devices from individuals.Dude, you don't need to insult the other member, geez, take a chill pill
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