The hold out of HTC smartphones in US Customs was due to patent dispute with Apple. It’s unknown what specific HTC device was being allowed into American shores as the One X and the Evo 4G LTE models were put on hold by Customs official last week over the unresolved patent issue with Apple.
The statement added that each model has to be inspected by the Customs and will only be released if the agency completes its inspection and sees that it can be released in the market.
HTC said, “Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers. We don’t have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs.”
The International Trade Commission ruled that HTC infringed Apple’s patent for data detection last December. This process allows a device to recognize items like e-mail addresses, phone numbers and addresses in text and automatically moves them to a calendar, dialer or mapping application.
HTC removed this feature on all its phones after the body issued its ruling that imposes a ban on importing HTC products that has the feature.
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