HTC Handsets Being Held at Customs Due to Investigation of Apple Patent Infringement
The Taiwanese handset maker HTC recently revealed that shipments of its HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE devices have been delayed because they are being reviewed by U.S. Customs to check for compliance with an injunction by the ITC.
According to a statement by the company “The U.S. availability of the HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval.”
AT&T began selling the HTC One X on May 6 but the device is currently listed as “Out of Stock” on the carrier’s website. The Evo 4G LTE is scheduled to arrive on the Sprint network sometime during the second quarter of 2012. The ITC issued an import ban against HTC last December after Apple pointed out its “data detectors” patent, which outlines a technology for automated detection of data such as phone numbers email addresses, and hyperlinks. With the announcement of the injunction, the patent expert Florian Mueller called the patent “one of medium value” but continued on to note that HTC will be at a “competitive disadvantage” without the data detector feature.
HTC quickly responded stating it had already developed several workarounds to avoid infringement but the company is far from winning the war. Much like the disputes commonly found between Apple and Samsung, Apple and HTC have a similar relationship with constant disputes. As of right now, Apple is appealing the December 2011 ITC ruling in an effort to revive patent claims for “real-time application programming interface” against HTC. We’ll have to wait and see what happens between the two as the disputes continue.
Source: The Verge