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HTC One Mini back on UK shelves after sales ban is overturned

A UK judge has overturned a sales ban on the HTC One Mini handset after an appeal court stayed an injunction that was imposed earlier this month following a complaint from rival manufacturer Nokia.

The UK Court of Appeal lifted the injunction brought by Nokia that related to the hardware patent for a “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station,” which were found within the HTC One and HTC One Mini. The accused failed to gain a license for the technology from Nokia, which led it to bring the lawsuit way back in May 2012.

Judge Richard Arnold didn’t end up ruling against HTC until 30 October and it took another month for him to agree to Nokia’s requested ban on the HTC One Mini although he stopped short of extending the ban to the HTC One as it “would significantly impact HTC’s business”.

"HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeal 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," HTC said in a statement following the decision.

"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 0 998 024 patent, we will continue to work with our chip suppliers on alternative solutions to ensure minimal disruption to our business in the future."

A full Court of Appeal hearing will take place at some point in either July or October 2014, according to the original judge, and by then it’s highly likely that HTC will have released a successor to the HTC One with the chips used likely to be ones that won’t land them in court again any time soon.