HTC loses patent battle with Apple
Company pleased as only accused of violating one patent not the 10 that Apple claimed
Phone maker HTC has lost a patent infringement battle against Apple in the US, any HTC phones that use the patent mentioned in the law suit will be banned from sale from 19th April 2012 in the US, according to the BBC.
The International Trade Commission found that HTC infringed one patent held by Apple; the company originally claimed that HTC had infringed 10 patents.
Apple is currently fighting a range of patent infringement battles across the globe, with companies such as Samsung.
HTC told Reuters that the company was pleased with the ruling as it was only accused of infringing one patent, not 10.
"We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it," HTC said in a statement.
The patent HTC was accused of copying related to a small user-interface feature, which allowed users to grab embedded information, such as a phone number, and do something with it, such as make a call.
The company said it would remove the feature from all of their phones soon.
HTC phones run on the popular Android platform and Apple is embroiled in numerous patent disputes in Europe, Asia and Australia with other smartphone makers that run Android, such as its South Korean rival Samsung.