HTC Delays Smartphone Sales Ban in the UK
Published on: 13th Dec 2013
HTC has secured a temporary injunction that will permit it to continue selling its HTC One Mini smartphone in the UK.
Nokia won a patent lawsuit against the company, and had secured an import/sales ban on the infringing smartphone, but HTC appealed.
Nokia's European patent, #0998024, described as a 'modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station' was found to have been infringed in the smartphones, although HTC had tried to argue that as the infringing component was tiny, that a full sales ban would be excessive.
The Court of Appeal's decision came after an urgent hearing requested by HTC.
The smartphone manufacturer is still working with chipset providers to find a way around the patent, and said that it will also continue to fight the legitimacy of Nokia's patent.
Nokia is also seeking financial compensation for alleged loss of sales of its own smartphones in the UK.