6/8/2012 10:00:18 AM
Apple tries to block sale of new HTC products in the US
Apple has filed a court application to halt the sale of HTC's latest smartphones, including the One series, in the US.
HTC had been ordered by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in December to remove a data detection feature patented by Apple if it wanted to continue the sale of its handsets. However, Apple claimed devices including the One X and One S continue to infringe the patent and has asked the commission to have all HTC Android handsets blocked from the US until the row is resolved. In its complaint, Apple said: 'The commission allowed HTC four months to either negotiate a license with Apple or to remove the infringing functionality from its Android devices. HTC did neither.'
A spokesperson for HTC told The Washington Post: 'HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling.'
Earlier this week, HTC said the delayed release of its products into the US was affecting its financials. It downgraded its second quarter sales prediction by 1.33% to NT$91bn (£1.97bn).
Editor: Graeme Neill