ITC bans importation of HTC’s Android devices in US


The ITC has solidly come down on the side of Apple, banning importation of HTC’s Android devices which violate two claims of patent #5,946,647, which is a system level patent issued in 1999 on analysing and linking data structures.

The patents implicate all of Android, and not just HTC’s implementation, which would make it difficult for HTC to remediate in the 4 months before it goes into effect on the effect on April 19, 2012 .

This of course leaves HTC with their library of Windows Phone 7 handsets in USA, which may explain the rumours of a HTC LTE Windows Phone on AT&T a mere 2 months after the HTC Titan has been released.

HTC has however said “… we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the ‘647 patent” but the decision may still prompt HTC to spend a bit more time on Windows Phone 7.

Read more at the Verge here.

Thanks Nathan for the tip.

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