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HTC Product Stripped From Shelves After Intellectual Property Fight

HTC whose 5G hub is being pushed by Telstra has found themselves in the middle of an intellectual property dispute resulting in their product being stripped from the shelves of carriers and retailers.

The Taiwanese company’s online store currently lists all of its models as “out of stock” with the issue blamed on a dispute with research and development company Ipcom over their wireless technology.

The first Company to sell an Android Mobile phone in Australia and prior to that a Windows phone the brand has become a smartphone basket case according to analysts with the Company ending up selling its struggling smartphone division to Google.

Initially HTC management cut a deal with Ipcom via the UK courts that resulted in them agreeing to build in a workaround for the issue however when the Munich-based Ipcom carried out tests earlier this year of the Companies UK smartphones it revealed that no workaround had been implemented.

Ipcom claimed HTC had failed to “play by the rules” and had displayed “disregard for the law by contravening a UK court ruling”.

An HTC spokeswoman said: “As a leading innovator, HTC takes intellectual property issues very seriously.

“We are proactively investigating an infringement claim by a third party with respect to a single handset model.”

In Australia carriers and retailers have already stopped selling its phones.

This had left it reliant on sales via its own site and Amazon, which is still listing HTC handsets for sale.

An HTC 5G router and virtual reality headsets, are also being sold by the Taiwanese Company.

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