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Some HTC Devices Set to be Banned in the U.S. In 2012

by Emily Price | December 19, 2011

The U.S. International Trade Comission (ITC) has ruled that HTC violates some of Apple’s patents, and has ordered an import ban on some HTC products starting in April of 2012.

In a statement by the ITC, the agency said: “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.”

Apple originally filed suit against HTC in July of this year, with the ITC postponing a decision on the matter twice before reaching its conclusion today. The patents in question would effect the HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 4G.

Delaying the ban until April gives HTC a chance to either demonstrate to the court that it is not in violation of the patent, or to adjust the design of its devices so that they are no longer in violation.

[via All Things Digital]


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Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...


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