Nokia wins UK sales ban on HTC One Mini Android phone

“Nokia has won a sales ban on the HTC One Mini smartphone in the U.K., but its Taiwanese rival can keep on selling its HTC One flagship model pending the outcome of a possible appeal, the England and Wales High Court ruled Tuesday,” Loek Essers reports for IDG News Service.

“The High Court ruled in late October that some HTC devices, including the HTC One, infringe on a Nokia mobile network standard patent that Nokia also asserts against HTC in Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S.,” Essers reports. “While the injunction granted Tuesday was final, Sir Richard David Arnold, the judge in charge of the patents court, said in his verdict that he would stay part of it: Nokia was only granted a sales ban against the One Mini and not against the One pending the outcome of a possible appeal.”

“HTC has until Dec. 6 to seek permission to appeal Arnold’s decision not to grant a wider stay of injunction, he said,” Essers reports. “HTC One sales were not banned because of the likely harm to the Taiwanese phone maker if it is prevented from selling its flagship phone between now and February or March 2014, Arnold said. By then HTC will probably have launched its new flagship phone, which cannot be assumed to infringe, he added.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James Wigg” for the heads up.]


    1. I agree, and that speaks volumes on the arbitrary and capricious nature of the UK courts. Apple can’t get injunctions based on clear non encumbered patents (and is even ordered to apologize for claiming that Samsung copied(when it is plainly obvious that in fact they did)) and yet Nokia get’s an injunction based on a SEP encumbered patent.
      Only british logic could possibly justify that.

  1. “”infringe on a Nokia mobile network standard patent”

    Is that supposed to be a SEP? If so, then an injunction is bad. It’s wrong when Samsung or Motorola try to apply a SEP injunction against Apple, and it’s wrong when Nokia does it to HTC.

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