HTC is a company that is clearly reeling from a lack of innovation, or at least due to the fact that their rivals in the smartphone arena have pulled far ahead of them. In fact, the latest blow would be the fact that Nokia has just picked up a victory in a patent lawsuit against HTC, where Justice Arnold of the England and Wales High Court has placed an order for an injunction against HTC of Taiwan, which happens to be ruled to have violated Nokia’s EP0998024 patent on “modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station”.
This will add more pressure to HTC for sure, especially after the company has not been in the pink of health, financially speaking. Nokia happens to be the owner of one of the biggest patent portfolios where the mobile space is concerned, and this latest injunction against HTC means that Nokia has the option to file a ban on HTC One sales over in the UK. In fact, the HTC One mini has already been banned from being sold in the UK from December 6th onward, so hopefully HTC will be able to pull together a case in their appeal which will have the relevant amount of “arguing firepower” to overturn the sales ban.