12/3/2013 3:26:12 PM
HTC One Mini to be banned from Friday after Nokia ruling
HTC will not be able to sell its One Mini handset in the UK from Friday, after the Taiwanese phone maker lost a case against Nokia.
The company had also faced a possible ban of its One flagship. While a UK high court ruled it contained chips that breached Nokia's patents, Judge Richard Arnold gave the manufacturer an opportunity to appeal.
During the case, it was revealed that HTC sold 750,000 smartphones in the UK so far this year, netting it around £221m.
Nokia said it was pleased with the ruling and is seeking compensation for the patent infringement. An HTC spokesman said it was trying to seek alternative chips for the One Mini. He said it would urgently appeal the decision and added: 'As always, HTC's primary focus is on supporting our customers and ensuring minimal disruption to them and our business. Rest assured that our award winning HTC One handset will be available as usual.'