ITC Bans HTC Device Import For Violating Apple Patents, But A Solution Is Already In Place

Posted Dec 20, 2011

A judge with the U.S. International Trade Commission had made a ruling yesterday that HTC is guilty of violating Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patents. The ITC banned HTC from importing several models of their smartphones as a result. The ban is supposed to take effect on April 19th. The patents are related to two patents related to “data tapping.” Apple had accused HTC of violating about 10 patents total. Fortunately for HTC, they will be able to get around the patent by making a few shifts in the user interface. In other words, it’s a quick fix and they can get back to business as usual.

?We are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge?s determination on the ?721 and ?983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ?263 patent and partially on the ?647 patent,? said HTC in a statement. ?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.?