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.
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.
Sir Richard David Arnold
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!