ITC Bans Select HTC Phones From Import Into The U.S.

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 19 2011 5:44 PM
Yikes! On a day already filled with wild mobile news (AT&T and T-Mobile breaking up, anyone?), here comes another bombshell. The International Trade Commission has just ruled in favor of Apple in a patent dispute with HTC. The result? A ban on select HTC phones imported in the U.S. The decision reportedly stated that "HTC violated two claims tied to Apple patents and that the ban will take effect next April. However, HTC will be allowed to import some products in order to fulfill repair claims on phones that have already been purchased, and can have the ban lifted if the company shows it has been able to work around the patents mentioned in the ITC ruling."

In other words, this isn't likely to leave a lasting mark on HTC, as the company will almost certainly bend to whatever rules they have to in order to make sure things return to normal. But more than that, this proves that Apple's claims against competitors aren't entirely baseless; or, at least, that the courts don't think so. So, Samsung and HTC have already had their wrists slapped; who is next?

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Any idea what phones they are banning?

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CDobak replied on Mon, Dec 19 2011 8:02 PM

Wish I knew, and this REALLY stupid...

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AKnudson replied on Mon, Dec 19 2011 8:52 PM

They are banning a lot of them that have to do with multi touch interface and several other APPLE features, apple is a nazi.

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DDeveaux replied on Mon, Dec 19 2011 8:59 PM

This is crazy. One of the things that HTC was found guilty of was reformatting phone numbers in e-mail messages so that you can tap on them to dial. That's something so convenient, and shouldn't be patentable. It's proof of why the patent system needs to be overhauled.

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LBowen replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 1:13 AM

They can take my phone when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

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Just like the "slide to unlock" patent. Sorry, you patented a single motion? What the hell?

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tweed524 replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 1:59 PM

Should I be expecting the PHONE POLICE anytime soon?

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Just to clear things up for everyone, the only phones that are banned by this ruling are running Android 2.2 or older.

I say again, any device running 2.3 or newer is not affected by this ban in the slightest. Also this ban won't go into effect until April 2012, so the number of phones effected by it will be slim to none.

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