HTC’s One Mini poised to be banned from Britain

Nokia has gunsights on entire One range in patents row

Taiwan’s HTC looks set to be banned from selling its One Mini smartphone in Britain by the end of this week following a judge’s ruling that it violated a Nokia patent.
A similar ban could have been imposed over HTC’s entire flagship range of One smartphones, which make up more than two thirds of UK sales, but in London’s High Court an injunction was stayed pending an appeal and given the extent of harm to HTC ahead of the busy Christmas sales period.
HTC has until the end of this week [6th December 2013] to make a similar appeal against a ban on the One Mini phone, which was launched only recently in Britain.
In a statement after the ruling Nokia declared, “Pending the appeal, HTC has undertaken not to ship any more of the infringing products into the UK, except the HTC One, which it may continue to sell until the conclusion of any appeal.
“If HTC does not succeed on appeal, the injunction will take effect on all infringing products. Nokia is also claiming financial compensation for the infringement of this patent.”
The High Court ruling follows an earlier decision in October that HTC had infringed Nokia’s patents relating to voice and text messaging technology. It comes as Nokia, which is being bought by Microsoft, struggles to claw back greater revenues from its vast portfolio of patents built up during its years as a pioneer in the mobile phone market. It has sought court action to protect more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. It is also embroiled in legal action against other smartphone makers.

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