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Underwhelming ITC Ban of Some HTC Devices
The US International Trade Commission made the decision that HTC has in fact infringed on one of Apple’s patents. This was one of four reviewed, two of which were preliminarily found to infringe back in July. As FOSSpatents put it, “this ruling falls far short of anything [that] would force HTC out of the U.S. market in the near term.”
Apple, not one to license its technology, sought to ban the import of all infringing devices. HTC devices running Android 1.3 Cupcake to 2.2 Froyo, which includes devices such as the EVO 4G, Droid Incredible, and G2, will not be allowed to cross US borders on 19 April 2012. That is, in the form they’re in now. HTC’s public statement read,
“We are gratified that the Commission affirmed the judge’s initial determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. 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.”
I asked Jeff Gordon, HTC’s Online Communications Manager, if he had anything to add. “This is pretty straightforward,” he said, “We have workarounds all ready and will be completely removing the small UI element. Believe me, we have bigger fish to fry than this.”
We should see that update, rather predictably, before 19 April.
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