The Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has reportedly halted sales of its devices in the United Kingdom after an intellectual property dispute with German firm Ipcom.

Ipcom and HTC are said to be locked in a long running dispute centred around a wireless technology developed for car phones.

It comes after questions were raised about the future of the HTC brand earlier this year, after HTC decided to temporarily withdraw its smartphones from two of China’s largest online marketplaces.

HTC’s online store currently lists all of its smartphone models as “out of stock“, despite the fact they remain available in other nations, the BBC reported.

It is reported that in order to resolve the dispute with Ipcom, HTC had agreed to sell only mobiles with a workaround in the UK.

Ipcom has told Silicon UK that HTC has agreed to suspend sales of its Desire 12 handset only.

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