Whatever your take on the so-called patent wars, there's surely not much point to the whole thing if penalties handed down in the courts never actually end up being imposed.
Yet that's exactly what's happened in the legal tug-of-war between Nokia and HTC, with an injunction against the latter's HTC One mini smartphone for using Nokia-patented technologies having now been stayed.
This despite a UK court ruling in October that several HTC handsets were guilty of making use of Nokia's patented tech illegally.
There were fears initially that the flagship HTC One would be pulled from the shelves across the UK, but earlier this month HTC was allowed time to appeal the decision as it pertained specifically to the One, with attention being focused instead on the lesser HTC One mini.
But now that too has been spared, with the Court of Appeals having granted a stay on the injunction against all affected HTC handsets in the UK.
HTC was understandably pleased with the result, and has promised to continue fighting against the initial ruling. “We will immediately resume shipment of all of our devices into the UK, including the entire HTC One family,” the Taiwanese firm said in a statement yesterday.
“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.”
As you were, then.