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Apple Wins Against HTC in Patent Infringement Case, HTC Phones Banned in U.S.

If you have been keeping up with the news regarding the tech world for the past few months, then you should be aware that giant tech companies are going after each other's throats via court battles and of course, at the center of it all is Apple. And now on the latest development of the Cupertino company's many legal battles, it has successfully managed to get HTC Android phones to be banned on the U.S.

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This is after the U.S. Trade Commission has passed a ruling in favor of the iPhone maker. The said ban will be in full effect next year on April 19th 2012 across the whole United States,  unless of course HTC somehow was able to reverse or suppress the decision. The ban is going to be applied in some of HTC's best selling devices which includes Sprint EVO 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible, AT&T Aria, and T-Mobile G2.
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The ruling was passed after the deliberation that HTC indeed infringe upon one of the iPhone maker's patents. To be specific it is patent number 5,946,647, which is a system level patent that dates back to 1999 which has the potential to be connected to the Android mobile operating system. This could potentially mean that once everything pans out, it could be possible that Android itself may have violated the patent. HTC is just the beginning.

The next step lies in the hands of the President:

The decision now goes to the desk of the president, who has 60 days to issue a rarely-used veto; the ban itself will go into effect on April 19, 2012 to provide HTC with a transition period, and HTC will be allowed to import refurbished products for warranty replacement purposes until December 19, 2013.

This may sound so bad for HTC but according to TheVerge, the patent infringing element can be easily removed from the HTC phones that is said to be in violation, citing that it is just a "small UI experience." We will just have to wait and see how HTC responds and deals with the situation at hand. Apple on the other hand is still unclear whether they will pursue the action against Android 2.3 and later. [via RedmondPie]

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