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HTC seeks ban on imports of Apple devices including iPhone and iPad

In early March, Apple filed a suit against HTC for violating patents that it holds for multi-touch screen technology and CPU undervolting for smartphones. Apple filed its complaint with the U.S International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court in Delaware. In all, Apple sued HTC for infringing 20 different patents that it holds.

Steve Jobs said when the suit was filed, "We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it.  We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

In May, HTC filed a complaint with the ITC alleging Apple was infringing on its patents and is seeking to ban the import of infringing devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPods. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones,” said HTC North American VP Jason Mackenzie at the time.

The ITC has now said that it will investigate the allegations against Apple. The federal agency posted the following on its website:

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable electronic devices and related software. The products at issue in this investigation are portable electronic devices that utilize certain power management methods and may incorporate hardware and software for telephone directories within mobile telephone systems.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by HTC Corp. of Taiwan on May 12, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain portable electronic devices and related software that infringe patents asserted by HTC. The complainant requests that the USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The ITC goes on to say that it will complete its investigation within 45 days. 

HTC claims that Apple is infringing on five of its patents that have to do with cell phone directory hardware and software as well as power management technology.

There is no official statement from Apple on the suit at this time.

 





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