Two HTC Smartphones Held by U.S. Customs Because of Patent Infringement Lawsuit

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Both the HTC One X and the HTC Evo 4G LTE are delayed from being imported into the U.S. due to HTC potentially infringing on an Apple patent.

HTC One XThe patent (#5,946,647) being investigated is for anything that automatically converts things like phone numbers or addresses into actionable links that open a menu of items. According to the International Trade Commission (ITC) last December, the Android’s messaging app and browser found on select HTC phones infringed upon Apple’s patent. Because of that, the ITC started banning the importation of the HTC devices after Apple won an exclusion order.

The ban was delayed so that HTC could work around Apple’s patent claims, but it went into effect on April 19. Customs and Border Protection are in charge of executing the order, and it is unknown when they will make a decision on these particular HTC smartphones.

HTC is currently appealing the case and has released a statement about the ban:

“The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.”

The HTC One X is currently listed as out of stock on AT&T’s website. The Evo 4g LTE is scheduled to launch on Friday.

Source: The Verge



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