A judge with the International Trade Commission handed down the commissions final ruling in a patent infringement case involving Apple and HTC. The ITC announced a preliminary ruling back in July, finding that HTC had violated two of Apple’s patents. It was widely speculated in July that a ban of the importation of violating devices would be put into effect.
The ITC so ordered that ban today. The ban will go into effect April 12, 2012. It reportedly effects many of HTC’s devices including their Android smartphones. This is critical in the United States where 50% of HTC sales take place.
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The patents that HTC has violated relate to “data tapping”. HTC released a statement to BGR today in regards to the ITC’s ruling:
“We are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent,” HTC said in a statement sent to BGR via email. “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.”
It seems that HTC isn’t very concerned about this ruling and hopefully it won’t interfere with their plans for 2012 including a quad-core Android smartphone.