Patent Issue HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE Blocked By US Customs
This is quite unfortunate for the U.S. tech-consumers who are patiently waiting for the release of these Android smartphone - HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE. It was reported that the the U.S. Customs are now blocking the shipment of HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphones. Wondering why? Back in December 2011, Apple filed a software patent against HTC and the case was favored by International Trade Commission (ITC). And because of this, U.S. Customs are now blocking the shipment in order for them to verify if these HTC smartphones are now complying with ITC’s software patent case.
Last year, December 2011, a decision was made in accordance to the software patent complaint filed by Apple against HTC. This is one of the many instances where Apple made so much effort to bring down its competitors especially Android smartphone manufacturers. See below the case back last year.
But this does not mean that HTC won’t be able to overcome this dilemma as they’ve confirmed that they are working closely with the U.S. Customs. The company believes that they are in compliance with the ITC exclusion order and they are currently waiting to secure U.S. Customs approval for their HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE. The software patent in question is the way how are the tech-consumers phone numbers were automatically linked to the phone dialer application of HTC smartphones.
It is still not clear when will this end where HTC will get the final approval from the U.S. Customs to distribute HTC’s One X and EVO 4G LTE in the U.S.. When we checked the AT&T online wireless store, the HTC One X is still tagged as “Out Of Stock” – which would only mean one thing. The fight is still not over.