HMD Global has been forced to remove most of the Nokia phones in the German and Swiss markets. This comes after VoiceAgeEVS LLC (VAEVS) sued the company over VoLTE and Enhanced Voice Service standard patents.
The Swiss and German Nokia websites now only feature the Nokia G21 and G11 devices. Meanwhile, in France, Italy, Spain, and Finland, the older models are listed still but only have the G21 available.
VAEVS applied for a sales ban in December and courts have sided with the company for now.
HMD Global released a statement in German, here it is machine translated:
“HMD is a defendant in a number of lawsuits filed by VoiceAgeEVS LLC (“VAEVS”) in various jurisdictions, including Germany. We are disappointed with the completion of the VoiceAge enforcement proceedings in Germany in December and have lodged a complaint. In the meantime, we have ensured that none of the devices offered and distributed in Germany support EVS,” commented HMD Global on the situation in Germany.”
This isn’t the first time VAEVS sued brands over the same patents though. Among the companies that settled out of court include Apple, Lenovo, and TCL in 2020.