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UK ban on HTC smartphones lifted

HTC is able to resume sales of its devices in the UK, following a ruling by the Court of Appeal. Nearly all of HTC’s current range of smartphones were banned from sale in the UK, after the High Court ruled in favour of Nokia in a patent dispute.

The HTC One Max, HTC One Mini, HTC One SV, HTC One X+, HTC 8X, HTC 8S and HTC Desire 601 were all affected by the ruling. However, the company’s flagship HTC One handset was granted a reprieve by the High Court, with Mr Justice Arnold accepting that a sales ban would have a ‘catastrophic’ effect on HTC’s business.

HTC has now been granted a stay on the injunction pending a full appeal, which will take place next year. The company was naturally pleased with the ruling, issuing a statement saying that it intends to resume shipment of its smartphones to the UK with immediate effect:

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.

The case is of interest not just due to the on-going patent war within the technology industry; it has also revealed some key insights into HTC’s business. The High Court previously stated that if the HTC One was banned from sale in the UK, the company would only be left exposed for a relatively short period of time.

“I accept that there is a period between now and February or March 2014 when HTC is vulnerable,” Mr Justice Arnold stated.

It is therefore likely that HTC is planning to launch a successor to the HTC One some time in February or March next year.

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