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HTC One Mini returns to sale in the UK following ban

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HTC has been awarded a stay on injunction that will see the HTC One Mini return to UK retailers following a brief sales ban.

With the HTC One Mini having been pulled from British stores last Friday, December 6 having been found to unlawfully encroach on a Nokia held patent, an appeals court has today ruled that the 4.3-inch HTC One spinoff can return to sale.

"HTC is delighted that the Court of Appeals has granted a stay on the injunction against our products,” an official HTC spokesperson announced. “We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family.”

They added: “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.”

Last week it had been suggested that the flagship HTC One would be removed from sale in the UK having also been found to infringe on Nokia’s patented technologies, although a HTC appeal prevented the Samsung Galaxy S4 rival disappearing from retailers.

In banning the HTC One Mini from sale last week, a UK judge teased a potentially imminent arrival for a new flagship HTC One follow-on.

"HTC will shortly be launching a new flagship phone which cannot be assumed to infringe and therefore be caught by the injunction,” Judge Richard Arnold said during the original patent trial.

He added: "Nevertheless, I accept that there is a period between now and February or March 2014 when HTC is vulnerable."

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