ITC rules in favor of Apple, could cause ban of HTC phones in the U.S.
Lovers of HTC Android smartphone products it may be time to start sweating. On Friday a U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) judge ruled in favor of Apple, saying HTC has infringed upon two of ten U.S. patents listed in the original lawsuit. The patents in question are:
- No. 5,946,647, for a system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data
- No. 6,343,263, for a real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data
So why should all the Thunderbolt-toting, Evo-slinging Android users be worried? Well, some analysts are saying the worst-case scenario for HTC would be a complete ban of their Android phones in the U.S. Wow! Can you imagine that? The HTC phones are among the best on the market and banning them would not only be terrible for HTC but it would also be a big loss for consumers.
Of course Apple could decide to license their patents to HTC, still collect some damages and walk away with a lot of dough and the satisfaction of scaring the you-know-what out of HTC. It's unlikely they'll do that, however, because it's inconsistent with their well-documented history of not wanting to license their technology to anyone else.
HTC is planning an appeal and final resolution of this issue likely will take some time, so stay tuned.