If you are an avid follower, you know that I the HTC One mini is the Android smartphone from HTC's One-family, I like most. However, if you live in the UK, I have bad news for you. As Bloomberg just reported, a London judge said that HTC couldn't sell its One mini in the UK anymore - starting 6 December. The ruling is a result of Nokia which sued HTC for infringing patents owned by Nokia. However, since also blocking UK sales of the HTC One would cause "considerable" damage to HTC, Judge Richard Arnold delayed an injunction against the the One, so HTC could appeal; even if the phone contained microchips that also breached Nokia's patent. Prior the ruling, HTC argued the microchips found to infringe Nokia patents were "a very small component" and wouldn't justify a sales ban.
According to Judge Arnold, HTC has sold this year and in the UK only around 750,000 smartphones - worth about 221 US$ 363 million. Meanwhile, Nokia is also claiming financial compensation for the infringement of this patent, as the Finland-based and soon to be Microsoft-owned company said in a statement. Furthermore it was said that HTC has agreed to not import any more of the products into the UK pending the appeal.
UPDATE: HTC has just released a statement which isn't saying too much (But what can they say?). According to this, HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in HTC's flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of HTC's 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." And continued that - as always - HTC's primary focus is on supporting its customers and ensuring minimal disruption to them and HTC's business. Rest assured that HTC's award winning HTC One handset will be available as usual. (03.12.2013)
Cheers ~ Arne