December 20, 2011- HTC lost its battle over importing certain smartphones into the market of the United States. However, the company described the court’s decision of the patent lawsuit with technology giant Apple as successful.
They called the U.S. ITC decision as a victory because of the ten patent infringement allegations Apple presented, only one ended up being declared valid. In a previous suit brought forth by Apple against HTC, the ITC only found half of the alleged patent infringements valid.
HTC must comply with the ITC decision before April 19. They most either modify the products that were deemed to be infringing or stop importing them by that set date. Experts believe HTC will make adjustments to the existing units to make them fall into line with the commission’s ruling.
HTC said the infringements are minimal and can be removed easily and it will do so as quickly as possible. Most analysts feel that even though the wording of the ruling by ITC was in Apple’s favor, the real winner in the case was HTC, as they were found not to be infringing on almost all of the patents at issue.
Nevertheless, there are more challenges the handset company faces besides legal battles. Recent revenues for HTC have taken a nosedive leading up to the important holiday season.