A judge ruled today (December 3) that chipsets found in the HTC One Mini breach Nokia’s intellectual property
Sales of the HTC One Mini have been banned in the UK after a judge ruled the handset infringes Nokia-owned patents.
From December 6, HTC has said it will not be selling the device in the UK, although it has confirmed it is “urgently” appealing the decision.
The news is the latest in a series of blows to HTC delivered by Nokia. In April, Nokia won an injunction against HTC meaning it had to change microphone suppliers.
Today’s judgment centres around patent infringements associated with HTC chipsets – more specifically the ‘modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station’.
HTC said it is now working with its chip suppliers to explore alternative solutions.
Nokia’s attempt to ban the sale of the HTC One in the UK failed, however.
HTC said: “HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement of Nokia’s EP 0 998 024 patent.
“Whilst the Court also granted an injunction that affects other third party chipsets, we have filed urgent application to appeal. In the meantime, we are working with our chip suppliers to explore alternative solutions. 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.”