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ITC upholds ruling in favor of Apple, bans HTC devices [U]

updated 05:40 pm EST, Mon December 19, 2011

Apple wins definitively against HTC in ITC case

(Update: HTC statement) Apple scored a major coup Monday after the International Trade Commission ruled in favor of Apple in a repeatedly delayed decision as to whether HTC was violating Apple patents. An administrative law judge upheld the view that HTC was violating two claims. Some unnamed devices would be banned starting from April 19 to give times for carriers to switch to other hardware.

HTC would only be allowed afterwards to import refurbished phones to handle repair claims, but it wouldn't be allowed to sell new unless it could prove it wasn't violating patents.

HTC hadn't yet said what it planned to do, although it would now have to hope for a reversal outside of its control. Some of the devices named in the lawsuit either weren't being sold by the time the lawsuit began or will have been phased out by April.

The loss follows HTC's would-be partner S3 losing its claims against Apple and creates a difficult barrier. HTC has its own ITC complaints and civil lawsuits in action, but their timing could see some HTC devices forced off the market months before the ITC makes any firm decision.

Update: HTC has provided a statement suggesting that it has a workaround.

"While disappointed that a finding of violation was still found on two claims of the '647 patent, we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the '647 patent," it said.

By Electronista Staff


  1. slapppy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008


    One down

    Only a thousands of other violators to go. Including Google the instigator of all this c*** with Android.

  1. chas_m




    "We thought we could get away with ripping off Apple, but turns out we couldn't, so now we'll do what we should have done in the first place if we were any kind of ethical company."

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000


    Great but...

    Google will figure out a way to implement the banned features and since the ban doesn't take effect until April, this ruling won't mean anything.

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  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Apple will get

    it's turn. It's only a matter of time.

  1. freddymac

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2010


    Hey chippie,

    How are you today? Does your mommy know you are on the computer again? Shame on you. Be a good little pathetic troll and get back to your room. You don't want mommy to get mad at you again. It's too bad you can't be a real human-being and play nice with the rest of the world. Maybe then you could get out from underneath that slimy rock in your mommy's basement. Best of luck to you buddy.

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