Nokia pulls a Microsoft - scores injunctions against the HTC One and One mini in the United Kingdom

Nokia pulls a Microsoft - scores injunctions against the HTC One and One mini in the United Kingdom
In what has been a rather long and tiring court struggle, Nokia has finally managed to claim victory, as a London judge has just ruled an injunction against the HTC One mini smartphone. The smaller, lighter version of the company's flagship will no longer be sold in the United Kingdom starting December 6, at least according to the ruling.

Meanwhile, Judge Richard Arnold has also ruled that the HTC One, the Taiwanese company's flagship smartphone itself, is also infringing on a patent held by Nokia, but it turns out it's going to be a "delayed injunction" for the One, as this would buy HTC some time to produce an appeal.

Apparently, the judge has been unwilling to rule a sales ban for the high-end smartphone, because this would do "considerable" damage to HTC. Still, HTC isn't allowed to import any of the above-mentioned phones into the UK at this time. What's more, in addition to these ruling, it seems Nokia is also seeking a financial compensation due to the infringement.

HTC's devices are being the target of Nokia's legal attacks due to a microchip that has been proven to be using patented Nokia technology. Although HTC's defense focused around the fact that it's a very small component that shouldn't be a reason for something as drastic as a sales ban, however, the court has once again decided to side with Nokia.

source: Bloomberg

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38. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Ugh, and I was saving up for a Mini too. Typical.

32. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

HTC had this coming. Got to take care of business, stay on top of things and not let ignorance be part of the business model. Clowns.

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


19. dokhoasg

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

So poor Htc, I just realized that I love the way HTC designed its flagship phones. it is the curve at the four corners of the Htc one and one mini. They are extremely nice with the black outfit. As we can see, Htc is falling down day by day, my next phone will be an Htc one mini !!

24. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

The patent violations are with Qualcomm , a similar injunction was pulled on the HTC One but the fault was with the chip designer , instead of dealing with one of their main clients , Nokia has started to attack the company that uses the chip/product , but if the chip is the case , then Samsung's S4 mini is also "guilty" i guess this is Nokiasofts new approach to destroy the competition

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Unless samsung payed the fee, which they usually do. And if you think samsung has never waged a patent dispute or anything of the nature, people are surely blind.

27. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Samsung might have already paid them in full / or they are still paying them till date ( See the Nokia vs Samsung patent case)

18. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

A Perfect Solution for Microsoft, Nokia, and HTC. Microsoft Needs Help. That's one of the reasons why Microsoft bought Nokia. HTC Needs Help. Microsoft should buy HTC like they did Nokia. That way, HTC Can Survive and Flourish with Microsoft rather that getting a whipping with Android with Competition from Samsung and against Apple with the iPhone. Also, the Time, Effort, Money, and Resources that are suffering from all the Court battles because of Patents. If Microsoft Buys HTC, then all these problems go away. Microsoft will have More Designers from HTC, HTC will have the Full Embracement of Microsoft, Nokia will Not have to Worry about Patent Lawsuits with HTC anymore, and Microsoft has More Control over the Design, Specs, and Software on 2 High End Manufacturers Phones. Also, if and when Microsoft wants to put to Market a Microsoft Brand Phone, Microsoft will have the Designers from Both Nokia and HTC to Design with the Microsoft Designers a Good High End, High Quality Phone. This way, Microsoft will have 3 Phones under Microsoft that they can Profit from instead of just 1 "Nokia" right now. So, Microsoft; Go and Buy HTC and just get it done!

20. dokhoasg

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Microsoft has nothing but a treasure of money, all the guys in Microsoft just know coding, not hardware. Microsoft killed Nokia slowly with its boring OS. We all know that Stephan Elop is a spy.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

An OS that simply works, an OS that may soon be able to run desktop apps if the arm/x86 api's can be merged or virtualized without much penalty. (this has been done in a beta app). Killed Nokia? Nokia was in no shape to battle Apple or Droid, they would be BB but only faster. They do not know hardware? Again, you have failed, but I am sure you know this

17. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Microsoft have never liked the dominance of Apple,an with them taking over Nokia they are going to be acting like Apple going to Court All the Time,Why?do we need that in the current time seems totally odd

14. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The absurd of patents, which do nothing good to the consumer, only to uncompetitive companies!

13. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

HTC already has to pay Apple per phone sold after the end of last year, besides the regular amount that all android manufacturers have to already pay Microsoft, and now Nokia (aka now Microsoft) looks like they'll get the rest. Poor HTC it really doesn't look like they are going to make it, their profit margin is just being taken up by the competition.

8. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Now i see MS/Nokia is going after week Android OEM so they can pick there market share, so sad dirty games never pay off.

15. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

We knew as soon as the HTC One was launched that they were using a component that was patented by Nokia, HTC never denied i guess this is not a witch hunt or an Apple move (trying to patent the rectangle). I think you got no right to bitch on Nokia or Microsoft on this case my friend.

16. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Wow you are even more dumb than i thought, there's something called licence agreement which a company can licence a patent or technology in exchange for a fee and make more money of that company which in the world of common sense is better than banning that product but common sense is very hard for you to come by friend.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ummm you do realize, they didnt license it, they used the patent without license... Hence the ban hence the damage seeking. Seriously that derp?

21. ballaonnabudget

Posts: 38; Member since: May 15, 2013

*weak *their

5. alvinashcraft

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Don't you mean "Nokia pulls an Apple"? Injunctions against Samsung is their modus operandi.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

*Looks who wrote the article; understands why*

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Samsung did copy and violate.

10. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Samsung violate Apple? Apple create what Samsung is now. and the problem for apple now is..... They don't know how to stop it

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Sorry bud, but this is a copy: That makes Samsung look original by FAR.

34. stoggy

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Apple is only around to copy because of opensource. Android is only around to copy because of opensource. Microsoft stopped screwing YOU because of opensource.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So Did Apple

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

HTC get in bed with Microsoft to produce their Windows phone. Behold this is Microsoft reward. History has proved again and again its a bad deal to be Microsoft business partner.

9. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

They got the ban cos they partnered with Google and made Android devices..not the other way around...hater..

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They got Nokia's wrath because they didn't license, pure and simple. Even motorola licenses (more like cross licenses) with Nokia, and they won't bother to license anything from Microsoft - that should tell you something.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You do know by simply using android they are getting license from MS. Don't forget MS has 7billion in funds as a result of patents used by Android. If you think they are 'free' from MS your blind as a bat.

31. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What are you talking about? MS sued Motorola using the ITC, and banned all their phones due to one lameass 1998 era patent on making meeting appointment with a GID. The ban never happened because allegedly MS said Google convinced customs it doesn't apply to them. If you think they get a license from MS from Nokia, you are dead wrong.

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