The HTC One Mini was banned in the UK after a court ruled that the smartphone was infringing on patents owned by Nokia. However, HTC took this to the Court Of Appeals with the hope of getting the ban lifted and the company has received good news today. The Court of Appeals has stayed the injunction which restricted HTC from selling its smartphones in the UK. So in simple terms, users in the UK can now freely purchase an HTC smartphone. The company was obviously delighted with the news as was evident from its subsequent press statement:
“HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products. We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family. Similarly, our customers should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices. Even though we plan to aggressively appeal the validity decision of Nokia’s EP 0 998 024 patent, we will continue to work with our chip suppliers on alternative solutions to ensure minimal disruption to our business in the future.”
We’re not sure how long Nokia is going to take before filing for another appeal to uphold the original judgment given by the UK court. Perhaps Nokia and HTC can settle things out of court amicably rather than fighting it out in courtrooms.