HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said that its customers in the UK can still purchase the HTC One Mini as it appeals an injunction issued by a British court last week blocking sales of the smartphone.
The High Court of Justice of England handed down a sales ban on the HTC One Mini on Tuesday last week after HTC was found to have infringed on a patent owned by Nokia Oyj.
HTC immediately filed an application to appeal the court’s decision, and the court agreed to schedule a hearing on the appeal for Thursday and allow the One Mini to be sold in Britain until then, the company said.
“HTC is pleased that an urgent hearing with the Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Dec. 12. Until the Court of Appeal hearing on Dec. 12, the court’s injunction against HTC is stayed,” the Taoyuan-based company said in an e-mailed statement.
“Until the hearing on Dec. 12, our UK customers will be able to sell all HTC devices which are already in their inventories,” HTC said.
HTC sold about 715,000 smartphones in Britain from January to September this year, with revenues of ￡221 million (US$363 million).
Taipei-based Barclays PLC analyst Dale Gai (蓋欣山) said in a research note that Nokia’s patent lawsuit would have only a limited impact on HTC’s sales in the fourth quarter, because the company still has inventories of the One Mini model in Britain.
He also noted that HTC has said that intends to change the product’s design in cooperation with Qualcomm Inc in the near future to avoid further litigation issues.