TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has avoided seeing its HTC One lineup of handsets banned in the UK despite Nokia's recent patent victory, with the appeals court granting a stay of the injunction.
Earlier this month, the UK High Court ruled that HTC's One devices infringe Nokia's EP0998024 patent, described as a "modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station". The court granted a UK sales ban on HTC's One Mini and HTC One Max smartphones effective from 6 December.
Following the ruling, HTC said it would "urgently appeal" the ban, which it did. The Court of Appeals ruled in its favour, declining to uphold an immediate ban on the company's HTC One lineup.
An HTC spokesperson told The INQUIRER, "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 0998024 patent, we will continue to work with our chip suppliers on alternative solutions to ensure minimal disruption to our business in the future."
Nokia wasn't pleased that HTC's appeal was successful, but said it welcomes a full appeal in the new year.
A spokesperson for the company said in a statement, "The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court's invitation for the parties to expedite this.
"It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorised 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." µ
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