Recently there has been a huge patent war going on between more or less all of the major phone companies, the most recent of which HTC ended up on the losing side, resulting in some of its devices being banned from importing into the US, the ITC released this statement explaining the order:
“Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has found a violation of section 337 in this investigation and has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting importation of infringing personal data and mobile communications devices and related software. The Commission has determined that exclusion of articles subject to this order shall commence on April 19, 2012.”
The lawsuit which resulted in this order was first filed by Apple in July of this year, but due to the ITC postponing a decision twice the case had not got a conclusion until today, the order will affect a lot of HTC’s devices including the HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 4G.
This is obviously going to cause some side effects for the mobile phone company and could result in some major losses, but, in the end, is just one more win for Apple.
What do you think? Should HTC’s devices be banned?
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