HTC is working with Qualcomm to ensure its One device doesn’t get caught out by a legal dispute the ailing smartphone maker is having with Nokia, the Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the paper, the move follows a preliminary ruling from the US International Trade Commission, relating to technology which improves radio reception, which found in Nokia’s favour.
While the device name in the suit are older HTC products, “people familiar with the matter” said that newer smartphones also use the technology, and could therefore be impacted by a ban.
While it was suggested that because this involves a hardware issue rather than a software one, it will be more difficult for HTC to resolve. But presumably Qualcomm is supplying products to other customers which do not infringe, which will provide an alternative moving forward.
This is not the first time HTC has been in a similar position. Earlier this year, Nokia won an injunction related to microphone technology used in HTC One, developed in partnership with STMicroelectronics, with the chipmaker then supplying infringing products to HTC.
While HTC subsequently said that this would not result in a bar on sales, because it bought components from STMicro in good faith, it still meant that changes had to be made for subsequent shipments.