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December 13, 2013

UK court relaxes sales ban on HTC One Mini smartphone

During early December, the High Court ordered HTC to stop selling One Mini smartphone in the UK as they infringed on some Nokia patents.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK Court of Appeal has temporarily relaxed a sales ban on HTC One Mini smartphone, which also allows the Taiwanese manufacturer to resume imports of the rest of the One line-up.

During early December, the HTC was asked to halt the sales of One Mini smartphone in Britain in the wake of a court ruling that the smartphone infringed some Nokia patents.

HTC said in a statement that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against the company’s products.

"We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family, the Taiwanese firm added.

"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."

Nokia claimed that the HTC One smartphone infringed on its European patent that covers a ‘modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station’.

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Nokia said: "It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations."

Court documents also revealed that the Taiwanese firm sold 715,000 smartphones worth £221m in the UK during the January-September 2013 period.

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