Retraction: Nokia did NOT sue HTCopy

So remember the story about Nokia stop sales of HTC One phones in the Netherlands because they had a microphone component in them that was meant solely for Nokia phones?... Well, that story is sorta not true!

HTC released the statement:

In light of several misleading stories regarding a recent injunction obtained by Nokia against STM (a supplier of components to HTC in The Netherlands) HTC looks to clarify the following points:
  • Nokia has NOT obtained an injunction in The Netherlands, or anywhere else, against the HTC One.
  • The Dutch proceedings were brought by Nokia solely against STM. HTC was not sued by Nokia in the Netherlands.
  • The Dutch injunction prohibits STM from selling certain microphones to any company other than Nokia for a limited period.
  • The judgment 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.
  • HTC will transition to improved microphone designs once its inventory of STM microphones is exhausted.

So here's what really happened, just in case the above statement doesn't make sense.

Nokia struck a deal with microchip company STM to have this dual-membrane microphone supplied solely to Nokia for a limited period.

STM went around and supplied it to HTC for the HTC One phone (without HTC knowing about the agreement Nokia had with STM)

Nokia sues STM and tries to have HTC One phones that have the microphone component in them pulled from the market.

While I don't know the status of Nokia's injunction against STM, HTC is free to sell its HTC One phone that already have the component until their stock is exhausted,

Source: ZDNet

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