Yup, that’s right. US Customs has ‘indefinitely’ delayed the import of the HTC One X for AT&T and HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint due to alleged patent infringement and an ITC victory Apple won last December. More after the break.
Apple has been on an Android rampage of late, first it won injunctions against a few Samsung products in Australia & Germany, and now its HTC’s turn. For now the HTC One X for AT&T and HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint have been banned indefinitely from entering the US till Apple’s claim of patent infringement is disproved. HTC issued the following statement on the issue:
The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.
The ITC ruled that HTC phones did violate one of Apple’s patents which relate to detection of data items within otherwise unformatted content. HTC had until April 19 to fix the problem or face the ban of all infringing phones. The ITC order was extremely broad, allowing US Customs to ban the importation of all HTC “personal data and mobile communications devices” that run Android and infringe on the patent. If this is not sorted quickly, the upcoming Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC and the HTC One V could also face investigation and ban.