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Apple Claims 29 HTC Devices Still Infringe Patents

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Despite Customs clearing the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE for sale in the U.S. Apple claims the devices and 27 other HTC devices still infringe on its patent.

According to SlashGear, Apple is asking the International Trade Commission to step in and ban 29 HTC devices that Apple claims violate its patent. The patent in question deals with “data tapping,” just like the patent that caused the One X and EVO 4G LTE delay in Customs. According to Apple, HTC’s workaround still violates the patent.

The patent deals with the highlighting information like phone numbers and addresses to make them clickable links that users can tap to open other applications. HTC used a custom Android ROM in the U.S. to work around the patent. The custom ROM opened a menu the first time a user clicked on one of the links. The menu asked users to set the application they want the link to open in.

The ITC previously gave HTC four months to work around the patent, which Apple claims it didn’t do. The ITC will have to look through HTC’s devices to see if they do, in fact, infringe on the patent. Customs had no problems with the phones, but the ITC still might.

The 29 HTC devices that Apple claims infringe on the patent are:

  • HTC One X
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One V
  • HTC Inspire 4G
  • HTC Vivid
  • HTC Status
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Wildfire S
  • HTC Hero
  • HTC Hero S
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE
  • HTC EVO 4G
  • HTC EVO V 4G
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE
  • HTC myTouch 4G
  • HTC myTouch 4G Slide
  • HTC Merge
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC ThunderBolt
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Jetstream
  • HTC EVO View 4G
  • Droid Incredible 2 by HTC

Unfortunately, only time will tell if this new claim will have any sort of impact on HTC’s smartphone and tablet sales here in the United States.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

2 Comments

  1. ausnote

    06/06/2012 at 9:38 am

    BOYCOTT APPLE, they are like a patent troll if not for a couple crappy children toys

  2. tribalstylemarketing

    06/06/2012 at 10:53 am

    While Apple may have a valid claim, I’m not sure most courts are even understanding what HTC & Android are infringing upon. Even with all their advisers & attorneys laying out the case, it’s still damn confusing for most Judges.

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