The International Trade Commission is upholding its preliminary determination in a patent dispute case between Apple and HTC, maintaining its beliefs that the latter company is violating two patent claims owned by Apple. According to The Verge, the patent was issued in 1999 and “covers a device that scans computer text for data, like a phone number, and turns that number into a link that the user can then select to perform an act, like calling the number.”
The patent violation occurs within the Android operating system itself, but HTC is affected as a manufacturer of Android-powered handsets. HTC products that infringe upon Apple’s patent claims, including the Evo 4G and Droid Incredible, will be subject to an import ban in the U.S. effective on April 19th, 2012; however, Google and HTC ensure that their customers will not be affected, since they will be releasing a software patch that removes the infringing technology before the ban commences.
“We are gratified that the Commission affirmed the judge’s initial determination on the ‘721 and ‘983 patents, and reversed its decision on the ‘263 patent and partially on the ‘647 patent,” said HTC in a statement. “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.”