Just last week we learned that the HTC One Mini would soon be banned from sale in the UK starting on December 6th, due to a court ruling against the company in favor of Nokia. Immediately HTC filed an appeal and was allowed to continue selling the handset until the official hearing on the appeal was held, which was then scheduled for December 12th.
The good news for HTC and HTC fans is that the ban has now been lifted. The Court of Appeals will continue to allow the sale of the HTC One Mini and HTC may now resume importing the device into the UK.
So is this the end of the Nokia-HTC fight? Not at all.
The court still ruled that HTC did in fact violate several Nokia patents within select HTC devices, and so the battle will continue on. For HTC’s part, they will continue to “aggressively appeal” the Nokia patent decision, though for now they’re at least happy to see that the HTC One Mini ban has been lifted:
HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products. We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family. Similarly, our customers should feel confident in their ability to promote and sell all HTC devices. 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.
What do you think of the Nokia’s case against HTC? Considering the chip in question is reportedly made by Qualcomm, should HTC even be held accountable? Let us know what you think in the comments below!