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Apple wants all new HTC Android phones barred from U.S.

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jun 6th, 2012 7:20PM EDT

The latest shocking twist in the Android Patent soap opera (“As the Droid Turns?” “The Young and the Wireless?”) is definitely going to ruffle some feathers: Apple wants all of HTC’s new Android phones banned from being sold in the United States. Per AppleInsider, it seems that Apple has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming that 29 new HTC phones are infringing upon U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647, which describes a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.” AppleInsider says that the patent is specifically for a system that automatically detects and identifies certain data on a device such as phone numbers, e-mail addresses and hyperlinks. If the ITC grants Apple the emergency proceeding and enforcement action it has requested, it could mean another round of HTC devices being held up at customs.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.