A british judge ruled this morning in favor of Nokia, finding that HTC infringes several patents owned by the Finnish company. As a direct effect, HTC will not be able to sell its One mini phone in the UK starting December 6, this Friday. While the judge also found the One to be infringing, he did not immediately impose a ban on the flagship; such a measure would have caused “considerable” damage to HTC, he opined.
However, the injunction against the One is just postponed, giving HTC enough time to appeal the ruling. The One mini ban is immediate, though, as of December 6. “Nokia is also claiming financial compensation for the infringement of this patent”, said the company, adding that the Taiwanese phone maker has agreed to no longer import “any more of the products into the U.K. pending the appeal”.
In its defense, HTC argued that the infringing microchips were too small of a component to justify an injunction. However, the Taiwanese company didn’t comment, as of yet, on the ruling.