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HTC responds to ITC ruling, says it has a solution ready to address Apple patent violations

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:39PM EST

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HTC on Monday responded to a ruling from the United States International Trade Commission that will ban the import of several HTC devices beginning April 19th, 2012. “We are gratified that the commission affirmed the judge’s determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent,” HTC said in a statement sent to BGR via email. “We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it. However, the ‘647 patent is a small UI experience and HTC will completely remove it from all of our phones soon.” Monday’s ruling follows the ITC’s initial decision on July 16th that found HTC guilty of violating two Apple-owned patents. It is not immediately clear when HTC will implement the required changes, though it appears from the language in the vendor’s statement that it will be able to push updates out soon enough to circumvent the ITC’s ban.

HTC amended its initial statement shortly before 6:20 p.m. Eastern Time to clarify the technology covered by the ‘647 patent.

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