12/12/2013 4:24:28 PM
HTC gets stay of execution for One Mini handset
HTC can continue to sell its One Mini handset for the time being as the Court of Appeals grants a ‘stay on injunction’ against its products.
The UK high court originally found the Taiwanese manufacturer to be in breach of Nokia's patents with regards to the chips its One Mini device contained. The smartphone maker also faced a ban of its flagship One handset which never materialised. The handset had sold around 750,000 units in the UK, but had to be taken off shelves on 3 December. HTC has confirmed all of its shipments will resume immediately, including those of the debated device as the appeal continues.
A HTC spokesperson said: ‘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.’
A Nokia spokesman said: 'It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.'