Apple seeks blocking of HTC phone imports
Apple has filed an enforcement action at the US International Trade Commission in Washington, seeking an emergency order that would block imports of HTC’s newest phones and tablet computers.
HTC had been ordered by the trade commission to remove a function patented by Apple for data-detection technology if it wanted to continue selling its mobile phones in the US.
Apple contends that products including the HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC EVO 4G LTE and Flyer tablets continue to infringe its patent.
Some HTC products were stopped at the US border last month, delaying plans by Sprint Nextel to sell the HTC EVO 4G.
US Customs and Border Protection allowed the products, made in Taiwan, to enter the US after assurances by HTC that they were not infringing the Apple patent.
HTC, in a statement last month, said it had completed a review with customs officials and the company’s products “are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling”.
Apple wants the commission to have all HTC products that run on Google’s Android operating service blocked from the US until the enforcement case is resolved. – (Bloomberg)