Last week, we learned about some legal problems HTC was facing, in the light of a patent suit brought on by Nokia. A court in the UK found a couple HTC phones to be infringing on Nokia patents, which would be bad enough on its own, but HTC also faced an injunction preventing it from continuing to sell certain models while it attempted to appeal the ruling. It was able to postpone the injunction on its flagship One, but another the One Mini didn’t fare quite so well, and sales of that model were ordered to cease. This week, HTC has managed to find itself a bit of luck, and the court has issued a stay on the One Mini injunction, as well.
None of this means that HTC is off the hook – it still has to work out its issues with Nokia and make good over this patent business – but for the moment, at least sales of its hardware can continue. That may not sound like a big deal, but with HTC quarterly revenues struggling to make it back into the black, it can little afford any interruptions into what limited sales it has been able to achieve.
In a statement, HTC says that it’s both working to appeal the ruling in favor of Nokia, and looking into alternate technologies for its hardware that would help it avoid such legal battles in the future.