News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday December 03, 2013.
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A London judge has ruled that the HTC One mini infringes on microchip patents held by Nokia and the phone will be banned from sale in the UK. To make matters worse for the HTC, the flagship One is also at risk of a ban.
Judge Richard Arnold ruled that the One mini sales ban will begin December 6 but chose not to ban the HTC One because doing so would cause "considerable" damage to HTC, which plans to appeal the ruling. The Taiwanese manufacturer argued that the disputed patents were too small a component to justify a sales ban but the judge disagreed. That puts the HTC One at risk for a ban unless the company wins its appeal or reaches a settlement with Nokia. The likelihood of a full-scale ban is small but possible.
Nokia sued HTC to seek damages on the estimated 750,000 smartphones HTC sold in the UK from January to September. In a statement after the ruling, Nokia claimed that HTC has agreed to stop importing the infringing phones into the UK until the appeal is heard.source: Bloomberg
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.