HTC Smartphones in Customs, Thanks to Apple Patent Suit
Two HTC smartphones get held up in U.S. customs, following a patent suit that Apple filed with the International Trade Commission.Following an exclusion order Apple won from the International Trade Commission in December, the U.S. Customs department has held up a shipment of smartphone maker HTCs One X and Evo 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) handsets, pending an investigation into possible patent infringements, as reported by technology blog The Verge. The unnamed sources said they could confirm that shipments of the handsets were being held back. The HTC One has already made its market debut, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the company said the customs review could disrupt future sales of the device. The One X, AT&T's version of HTC's new line of Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, devices, has a 4.7-inch, 720p high-definition Gorilla Glass display and is constructed of polycarbonate for a lightweight yet durable feel.
The U.S. availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order, HTC said in an official statement. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.