ITC bans import of several HTC phones in US, HTC has a solution

ITC bans import of several HTC phones in US, HTC has a solutionA US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has ruled that several of HTC’s smartphones are guilty of infringing on Apple’s patents, and as such they’ll be banned from import effective April 19 next year.

However, HTC has taken the news on the chin and reckons it can pull off a cheeky sidestep, ultimately making the ruling moot.

The ITC bawled: “Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation and has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing personal data and mobile communications devices and related software.

“The Commission has determined that exclusion of articles subject to this order shall commence on April 19, 2012.”

Bad news for HTC. Or is it? The Taiwanese manufacturer issued the following statement to BGR: “We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.”

The ruling comes some 21 months after Apple initially took action against HTC. At that time, the late Steve Jobs explained: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it.”

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Stelph  Dec. 20, 2011 at 11:06

"The ITC bawled: “Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation and has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing personal data and mobile communications devices and related software."

Section 337 or Section 1337? :p

hicks12  Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:45

you're missing a crucial point.... HTC arent worried or anything on the basis that this was the only patent out of 10!! Yes only 1 of 10 patent claims were passed today, which is why HTC arent fussed as its the most pathetic claim ever as Nokia did this before them for some time lol. Basically apple are out of patents that are valid :P.

Now to see how Apple get screwed by Motorola 3g patent!.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 20, 2011 at 16:49

It's also only a Patent that applies to Android versions 1.6-2.2, since we're currently on 4.0.3, it's probably not an issue that's worrying HTC too much.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:16

Also: HTC have until April to fix the one issue that is easily remedied via an ota update. Really no biggie.
Personally, I think the feature in question is so bloody in your face obvious that Apple should never have been granted a patent for it. What next? Digits 1 to 9?

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