Nokia patent victory sees HTC One Mini banned in the UK

by: Andrew GrushDecember 3, 2013

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Apple and Samsung’s patent war might be the most famous in the mobile world, but it is Nokia’s attacks on HTC that have been the most brutal. As HTC continues to struggle with mediocre sales figures and other internal drama, Nokia has now delivered a pretty harsh blow with a new court ruling that will see the HTC One Mini banned from the UK on December 6th.

So why the ban on the HTC One Mini? Back in late October the High Court ruled that certain HTC devices infringed on a Nokia mobile network standard patent that deals with certain chips within the devices. As expected, Nokia sought to ban offending devices from sale, and the newest ruling grants the request.

It’s worth noting that Nokia is also fighting with HTC over the same patent violation in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Japan.

Although the HTC One was also in violation of the patent, Sir Richard David Arnold (the judge) said that he would hold off the ban of the company’s flagship device in order to give them time to appeal. The reason for this is that Arnold realized that a ban of both the One and One Mini would significantly damage the company. The damage from a One Mini ban is much easier for HTC to swallow.

[quote qtext=”I accept the damage which HTC will suffer if prevented from selling the One during this period will be both considerable and very difficult to quantify.” qperson=”Sir Richard David Arnold” qsource=”” qposition=”center”]

For HTC’s part, they have stated that they are pleased to see that the courts are holding off the ban of the HTC One and have already filed an urgent appeal to prevent the ban of the HTC One Mini. What do you think of the whole patent wars thing? Is Nokia justified here or do you think that the mobile patent wars has gotten out of hand? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • Alim Khan

    No htc one mini in the UK well thats a shame because im in the UK :O

  • NeedName

    HTC can’t catch a break, and it sounds like they really need to hire new lawyers.

  • MasterMuffin

    The ones who are the owners of the patents always get hate when they take these patent infringements to court, but before you go rageing online, you have to remember that sometimes the ones who use the patents without permission aren’t as innocent as they seem. Some of Apple’s claims against Samsung may be absolutely ridiculous, but you have to admit that Samsung has been slightly a copy cat. Sooooo maybe we should just stop caring about these stupid patent infringements and just let the big boys fight their pointless fights!

    Edit. And yes, before anyone comments, I know this article is about HTC vs Nokia, not Apple vs Samsung, just using them as an example :)

    • MadCowOnAStick


      • MasterMuffin

        :) In my English test today I should have written “got” but I wrote “go” >_<

        • MadCowOnAStick

          gj :D I hope you didn’t fail because of that lol

          • MasterMuffin

            71,5/70 points, 10+ (or A+) :P

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I hope Patent trolls will burn in phonemaker hell, once they die!

  • RahulMacwan

    My question is how the fuck do they know what r they using

    • Kakistocrat

      It’s called reverse engineering. Or analysis if you prefer. Just buy up one of their products and see if there are systems that should not be there.

  • RanRu

    Funny how closely all these lawsuits coincide with Microsoft buying the company.

  • Amine Elouakil

    “As HTC continues to struggle with mediocre sales figures” just a correction for you, this is totally wrong, what they are suffering from is mediocre profits and other issues as you mentioned including this of course.

    Sadly one my favorate brands, Nokia, being killed by MS on slow fire right now

  • jbox

    At least nokia patent deals with ‘certain chips within the devices’,
    not some ridiculous rectangle patent from a certain company *cough*

  • Tom_Slaapstad

    Never mind the fact I hate patent trolls (yes nokia), I doubt the banning of the HTC One will have any impact on Nokia’s sales. The majority will substitute that product with the equivalent product – Samsung S4 mini, X-peria (whatever the mini version is called).

    In order words, the money they spend in court will not be recovered through the sales ban. In fact you’ve strengthened your competitors user base. You’ve driven up the prices of Nokia products by wasting money on lawyers and courts.

    You’re a bunch of monkeys.

    • APai

      but, they probably help microsoft in their FUD campaign

  • APai

    after nokia moved over to the redmond camp, I’m sure we’ll see more of this crap from nokia. all of these lawsuits only mean more expensive handsets for us. in that respect, i’d like to see nokia curl up and die alongside microsoft. nokia, may have a legitimate case here , and perhaps HTC dint want to pay royalties. whatever the case nokia certainly is playing into microsoft’s age old FUD campaign. its android instead of linux now. so , microsoft, we’d be very happy to vote with our wallet and watch you die.

  • Bouffard

    I hope this increases sales of HTC devices they are a great company, cellphone game is stupid. Look at the Goophone, how do they have the patent to look like iphone, thought only apple would have that patent?

  • Kakistocrat

    I think Nokia has an equal and undisputed right to do this. I think the judge is wrong to allow the sale of any HTC model infringing the patent rights. The whole point of filing a patent in the first place is to protect one’s rights against copying and therefore benefiting from such action. It is an altogether different discussion whether everything should be able to be patented. Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC, Nokia and the lot are all just as guilty of this charade, so I do not see anything particularly offensive in Nokia’s move. Although, I do think that should it have been Apple in HTC’s place, there would not have been a ban in the first place. Seems they are more prone to kick the guy that’s already down. Not all of us are equal before the law. Anyway “Dura Lex, sed lex.”

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