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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Apple wins legal ruling against HTC in the USA

The US International Trade Commission has announced its decision in a case that Apple brought against HTC. Apple had originally insisted ten patents had been infringed; the claim was later revised and the ITC has now agreed that one of those patent claims is valid.

It’s blocking the import of certain HTC phones into the USA from April 2012. However, the ruling only affects Android phones that use features covered by a particular patent - which means other Android devices aren’t affected. HTC may also be able to modify devices affected by the patent claim, enabling them to keep importing all their phones.

[More details: FOSS patents blog; ITC decision (pdf)]


UPDATE: In a statement, HTC said "This decision is a win for HTC and 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. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. The '647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon."

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