Apple wins ITC ban on HTC devices

Apple wins ITC ban on HTC devices [Updated]

According to Nilay Patel at The Verge, Apple has won an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on some HTC devices. Not much else is known at this point, but if you're following the patent wars the way normal folks follow the soaps, then stay tuned. It's getting serious.

Update: Android Central scored a statement from HTC:

We are gratified that the Commission affirmed the judge’s initial determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent. We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.

And Jerry Hildenbrand capped it off perfectly:

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Source: The Verge

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There are 13 comments. Add yours.

Mark in Spokane says:

Well, there's always webOS now!

Guest says:

Comrade Rene, nice to see you waving your hammer and sickle from your ivory tower as you delivered this news.

Richard Kirk says:

And Apple will soon lose a case to HTC. And then Motorola will sue Apple, and then Apple will sue someone else and nobody gets anywhere.

BrianTufo says:

I'll just leave this here....Good artists copy and great artists steal....hypocritical much?

Terry says:

What's this picture about?

OrionAntares#CB says:

A very poor attempt at humor I imagine...

WhitePhone says:

Guys, Thats a photoshop of the CEO..... Pete Chou....

fastlane says:

Maybe Roseanne Barr uses an iPhone... or an HTC.

ricbon says:

apple you have become your own 1984 commerical

FlopTech Engineering says:

Re: "... the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon."
I can't imagine that it would take more than a few minutes to remove that feature. An hour or two to code a workaround it so it doesn't infringe. But the legal precedent has been set. Apple can use this decision against other Android handset makers. #Winning

Gigaj says:

..apple never took ideas from anyone...

Ghost69 says:

Rene. Stop being a douchey fanboy and post when Apple loses.