The British courts have granted HTC’s request for an urgent appeal of the injunction against the HTC One mini that took effect on December 6. HTC will have an opportunity to sway the court’s decision regarding the HTC One mini’s injunction on December 12. In the meantime, retailers will be allowed to continue selling the HTC One mini.
HTC is pleased that an urgent hearing with the Court of Appeal has been scheduled for Dec. 12. Until the Court of Appeal hearing on Dec. 12, the court’s injunction against HTC is stayed. Until the hearing on Dec. 12, our U.K. customers will be able to sell all HTC devices which are already in their inventories.HTC
This may be a short-lived victory for HTC, but European regulators are taking a closer look at Nokia and how the company handles its patent portfolio now that it has sold its handset business to Microsoft. Nokia has a massive library to standards essential patents, which EU Commissioner VP Joaquin Almunia is hoping Nokia will not use to “extract higher returns” as it would result in an “illegal advantage” over the competition. So far, Nokia’s patent lawsuits appear to be well thought out, but it’s reassuring to know that European regulators will be keeping an extra eye on Nokia as the company’s business model shifts next year.