You may remember back to July 15th when the International Trade Commission (ITC) made an internal determination that HTC had violated two of Apple’s patents. When that internal ruling was announced there was widespread speculation that it could possibly result in a ban on some HTC Android phones in the United States. A ban of that magnitude would have serious repercussions for both HTC and Android as a whole.
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Wednesday the ITC is expected to make their final ruling on the matter. All 6 members of the ITC need to vote on the ruling, the results of that vote are expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Earlier this month the ITC ruled on another batch of patents HTC had allegedly violated which were held by Flashpoint, a former subsidiary of Apple. In that ruling the ITC found that HTC did not violate those patents. HTC may have that ruling weighing in their favor as the ITC makes it’s final decision on Wednesday.
Back in July HTC issued this short statement when the ITC’s internal ruling was announced:
“We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible,”
Although we’re hopeful a ban on HTC Android devices won’t occur, Apple has been successful in getting injunctions against Samsung’s sales of certain Android devices in Germany and Australia. The Australia injunctions are currently being battled out in Australia’s patent court.