ITC Rules in Favor of Apple, Bans HTC Products From the US

By , Dec 19, 2011

It’s essentially “D-day” for HTC and its Android-flavored devices here in The States. After weeks of postponing, the ITC (International Trade Commission) has finally made a decision in the Apple vs. HTC patent dispute case.

We told you about the lawsuit earlier this month in which Apple is suing the Taiwanese manufacturer for infringing on four of its patents. The outcome could have a huge impact on both companies. So, what did the ITC decide?

According to The Verge, the ITC has ruled in favor of Apple. Starting April 19, 2012, HTC’s infringing products are banned from being imported into the US. The ruling applies to several products, including Sprint’s Evo 4G, Verizon’s Droid Incredible, and the T-Mobile G2.

Nilay Patel from The Verge has more:

“After a lengthy review, the Commission found that HTC devices infringe two claims of patent #5,946, 647, which is a system level patent issued in 1999 on analyzing and linking data structures—ultimately implicating Android itself and not HTC’s specific implementation. The decision now goes to the desk of the president, who has 60 days to issue a rarely-used veto.”

The news has to be devastating for HTC, who has already reduced its Q4 projected sales for this year due to poor sales. Product sales in the US made up nearly half of the company’s sales last year. But it’s not going down without a fight:

“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. 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.”

Not only does the ITC ruling give Apple its first major court victory in its ongoing patent war against Android manufacturers, but it also gives it considerable firepower for future lawsuits. Look out Android partners.

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  • http://twitter.com/sivkai Siv

    Lol every other “news report” seems to be about Apple suing someone. Who’s it going to be next? Ligitation wars with God?

  • http://twitter.com/Chemicalzifyy Lmao Lol

    Nice

  • Jon Garrett

    “look out Android partners” yeah sure, like they wont simply change or remove this feature from future devices.

    I guess you guys are happy with monopolies and lack of choice.

    • Anonymous

      The closing line “look out Android partners” just means that you can bet Apple will be using this win and patent in future lawsuits.

      You’re correct, manufacturers will likely change this feature in future devices to avoid the risk of injunction. HTC is already doing so, as it says in the article.

      Actually, we like choices. We’re just sharing the news. :op

      Thanks for reading!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SIKC4XTMNW424DCQEXNHGBZD6Q Jon garrett likes

      i guess i’m happy with tiny willy wazz hurzz

  • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

    This is why I hate hate and hate Apple. Their products are already really great quality. What are they, scared of competition?

    • Anonymous

      I guess to them, prevention is better than cure.

    • http://twitter.com/YaseenTawfiq Yaseen AlSuwaidan

      As a business.. It has to limit any threat. It seems that this is one way of doing that.

  • Mitchell Johnson

    Apple needs to wake up and realize that they can’t control the world. They put so many stipulations on products, software and design that people aren’t going to want to buy anymore. They can’t run the world so why try? I say good job HTC for making an effort to give the people what they want. I wonder what this world would be like if Apple was more open source? I guess we’ll never know…

  • Anonymous

    Why do Apple insist on making themselves so unpopular? This attitude of theirs to “sue everything and everybody” that even come close to their way of doing things, makes them look greedy, fragile, unsure of themselves and afraid of the competition. They are already an innovative market leader that is making a killing of their competitors with the iPad2 and iPhone 4S and of course 30% of all App Store sales! Billions of dollars every year. Why do they have to exercise such colossal greed and power on top of that? If we were talking major patent breaches, fair enough, but when you look into these patents, its just so stupid they are allowed to patent the amount of stuff they do in the first place, which is often tiny lines of code they don’t end up using in an actual product (but still patent it to keep it out of their competitor’s hands).

    The net result is Apple seem like less fun than they used to be. I used to think of them as the underdogs, the “crazy ones”, king of design, form and function. Now days however, their technology is slipping, and I’m seriously on the verge of switching to Android. Not only because Google’s OS and hardware has matured so much with Ice-Cream-Sandwich, but because I wouldn’t’ have to wait 6 months each OS upgrade for a jailbreak, because my phone would already do everything I need it to thanks to the open nature of the OS.

    Android is far from perfect, but you don’t see Google trying to sue their competitors out of the market, and the open nature of their OS allows so much more flexibility and freedom.

    The problem is I really do love so much about iOS. My jailbroken iPhone4 rocks, and I know my iPad2 will be the best tablet experience out there, once an iOS5 jailbreak is out for A5 devices and I can open it up and tweak the hell out it. But how long will that experience last? Exactly one Apple software update is the answer. Then the process of waiting for an exploit and jailbreak starts all over again. Maybe I’m getting old, but I’m getting a bit tired of it all. And getting tired of Apple’s practises as a business is not helping matters.

    Apologies for the big rant :)

    • Anonymous

      You deserved a like for all this typing.

    • Anonymous

      I think what a lot of people don’t understand, and maybe they do and just don’t say it out loud, is that Apple isn’t the only company suing over patent infringement. In fact, they aren’t even the company involved in the most patent-based lawsuits at the moment.
      Do I think that the patent system is a mess? Yes! Especially software patents. It all needs a major facelift.
      But is Apple the most evil company in the world for suing HTC and Samsung? No. Should it be licensing its patents instead, like Microsoft? I don’t know.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470822676 Pam Eves

        well, if it’s all about the money, licensing would surely do better for them. Even in the PR department.

  • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

    And soon only iphones will exist. Everyone will have thesame phones. Only different colors will be distinguish them. Shortly after that nothing will happen to the hardware for each new phone. It will just be a slightly different casing. And people will buy them.

    Seriusly who doesnt want competition? It will be so boring…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707582694 Tim McCormick

    This is not about patents, governments are getting worried that people are doing too much from their phones and don’t like it, Apple is happy to restrict their phones and give the powerful elite more control over the people. Apple is a great product but I got tired of how limited the device is even with jailbreak, and I’m tired of Apple stealing ideas from the jailbreak devs and not giving credit, and what the shells up with releasing 4s and not iPhone 5, android devices are lightyears ahead of Apple. I had five iPhones and recently got an HTC, took a while to get used to it but now I love it.

  • mattsuperman148

    Apple wasn’t taking people to court when Steve Jobs was around. :

    • Anonymous

      Yes they were. Steve Jobs was actually the guy that kickstarted all of the litigation against Android manufacturers.

      In his biography, he’s quoted as saying something to the effect of, “I’m willing to spend every last bit of Apple’s money to bring Android down.” He believed Google blatantly ripped off iOS.

      Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cubanno2031 Adrian Rodriguez

    nooooooooooooo!!!!!!! i hate apple!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i dont care coz 2 things:
    1. i live in europe
    2. android is crap, shouldnt even exist- it not competition to apple coz 90% of android phones are low budget ones, but google can put their adv even in this shity ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reanimationxp Drew Alden

    Oh no! HTC isn’t allowed to sell their old-as-dirt phones here anymore? Patent lawsuits are a joke.. even when someone wins like in this case, it took so fuckin long to decide that it’s pointless now anyway. Who the hell is going to buy any of those phones now days.. most of them aren’t even available anymore.

  • Marek Ratvaj

    well, i consider myself as Apple fan, but man, why should court tell me which phone to buy?
    we are the customers it’s our decision not theirs….

  • Anonymous

    Should we, Apple consumers, be proud of this?

    Jesus, Apple, give others a f***ing break -.-

  • Anonymous

    I’m Finally happy that a US tech Company is pulling its weight with foreign companies. America technology and its power is finally shining bright

  • Brandon Guillemaud

    What the Fuck apple