Nokia Bans HTC Products in Germany over Bluetooth File Sharing via NFC


Things are definitely not looking good for HTC. Due to a legal dispute with Nokia, all sales of Android-based HTC devices are banned in Germany. All this is over a patent that covers file sharing over Bluetooth via NFC, better known as Android Beam.

HTC is actually being sued in 7 countries over this patent because so far, it has not paid to license it. And since this is not a standard essential patent, it does not have to be licensed under FRAND terms. This means Nokia can basically do what it wants with the patent.

Since this is a standard feature in all modern Android phones, HTC isn’t the only one who could be in trouble. However, other companies are probably paying for use of this patent. Even so, Google is working to invalidate the patent.