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Court bans sale of HTC One Mini in UK over Nokia patent infringement

updated 11:57 am EST, Tue December 3, 2013

HTC One spared from sales injunction, Nokia seeks financial compensation

HTC will no longer be allowed to sell the One Mini in the United Kingdom from the end of this week onwards. Judge Richard Arnold has ruled that chips used in the HTC One Mini infringed on a patent owned by Nokia, with a sales injunction on the device coming into effect from December 6th, though stopped short of doing the same for the HTC One.

Judge Arnold opted to delay the injunction on the HTC One, as blocking UK sales would cause "considerable" damage to HTC, reports Bloomberg. HTC's argument claimed that the infringing chips were "a very small component" of the HTC One and HTC Mini, and should therefore not justify a sales ban, though the court did not agree. In the UK alone, HTC managed to sell approximately 750,000 smartphones between January and September, which the ruling states is worth £221 million ($363 million). Nokia is also seeking financial compensation for the infringement.



A statement following the ruling received by Pocket-Lint states that "HTC is pleased by the decision" of the court to "stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement" of Nokia's patent. Though the court still granted an injunction affecting other chipsets, HTC has "filed urgent application to appeal. In the meantime, we are working with our chip suppliers to explore alternative solutions."

Nokia and HTC clashed earlier this year in the Amsterdam District Court over the HTC One, in a slightly different dispute. Microphones from one supplier were mistakenly being sold to HTC for use in the smartphone, when they could only be used by Nokia, forcing HTC to find another supplier.




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