HTC One Mini granted temporary UK stay – Sales ban suspended

By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 14, 2013 08:40 AM EST

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The HTC One Mini has apparently obtained a temporary visa for the UK, as a Court of Appeals suspended the injunction blocking sales of the smartphone.

Just recently, Nokia scored a significant win in the UK against HTC. A UK Court recently ruled that HTC was infringing patents owned by Nokia, which lead to a sales ban for the HTC One Mini in the region. Moreover, the same court noted that the HTC One was guilty of the same infringement, but delayed a ban for the flagship at the time.

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HTC said that it will fight to the end and will appeal this decision, and it did. As it turns out, a UK Court of Appeals has now ruled to suspend the injunction that was blocking sales of the HTC One Mini in the UK.

According to a new Engadget report, HTC pledged to "aggressively appeal the [patent] validity decision. Moreover, the company will reportedly be working with its chip suppliers on "alternative solutions" to avoid future legal spats.

"We've just learned from HTC that the Court of Appeals has suspended the injunction against the stunted smartphone, which also allows the firm to resume imports of the rest of the One family," reports Engadget.

"HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products," HTC boasted, according to the publication. "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."

While suspending the injunction that banned HTC One Mini sales in the UK doesn't mean the matter is closed and resolved, it does mark a significant step forward for HTC. For now, HTC will be able to continue selling its One devices despite the patent infringement.



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