British court rules HTC can continue selling One Mini smartphones in UK

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Dec 14, 2013 - Page 13

Smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) can continue selling its One Mini smartphone in the UK after a British appellate court on Thursday suspended its earlier injunction banning the device from sale due to patent infringement.

“HTC is delighted that the UK Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products. We have immediately resumed shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family,” HTC said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

On Oct. 30, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that a number of HTC’s smartphones, including the flagship HTC One, the One SV and Wildfire S, were equipped with microchips that infringed a Nokia patent.

As a result, Nokia sought a ban on HTC from selling the infringing devices in the UK.

On Dec. 4, the British High Court limited its ban on sale of HTC’s One Mini product only, and ruled that its injunction would not take effect until Thursday, leaving HTC a chance to appeal the court’s decision.

On Monday this week, HTC said it had filed to appeal the High Court’s ruling.

The High Court on Thursday opened a hearing and decided to allow HTC to resume its sale of the One Mini in the UK during the appeals process.

“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,” HTC said.