Apple wants to prevent HTC from bringing any of its Android smartphones into the United States, claiming that they all violate one of its patents. HTC denies this.
Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to immediately block the import of no less than 29 models, claiming that they infringe on a patent held by the iPhone maker. This patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647) covers the technology for automatically turning phone numbers and addresses embedded in the text of an email into links to apps for working with this data.
Last month, the U.S. Customs Dept. began holding shipments of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE at the orders of the ITC, but released them after testing showed they didn’t violate Apple’s patent.
Apple disagrees, and has requested the ITC order the block to be resumed on these handsets, and added 27 extra. This includes HTC’s entire One series, the Droid Incredible series, and many more. Handsets andinvolved are offered by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
In response, HTC released the following statement: “The U.S. Customs office has reviewed and approved HTC devices for import into the U.S., as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling.”