HTC One Mini to be banned in UK

We loved the phone, but it seems like the courts are less keen on the HTC One Mini.

The phone is the subject of a legal battle between HTC and Nokia, with patents (as ever) being the issue. In the latest court hearing, a judge has ruled  that the HTC One Mini infringes some Nokia-owned patents. As a result, the phone will not be available for sale from 6 december. So if you want one, you really need to get a move on.

That's not the end of the story either. The threat of a ban on the HTC One itself is a possibility too, but as this would be of 'considerable' damage to the phone maker, HTC has been given leave to appeal.

HTC is putting on a brave face. It said: 'HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement of Nokia's EP 0 998 024 patent.'

It added that it was looking at alternative chip suppliers to get around the patent issue, which relates to some of the microchips used inside the phone. HTC is probably looking for a happy outcome to the case too - a band on the HTC One is the last thing it needs right now.

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