Having delayed the decision last week, the International Trade Commission has finally delivered its decision in the legal row between Apple and HTC – and it looks like both sides will come away feeling relatively pleased.
From April next year HTC will be banned from selling certain handsets in the US, however the ban only impacts one of the ten patents which Apple initially claimed had been infringed.
From 19 April, 2012 HTC will be banned from selling any handset which uses the technology covered by the patent held by the Cupertino company. The patent relates to a user-interface feature called “data tapping”, which allows users to grab embedded information, such as a phone number, and do something with it, such as make a call.
HTC said it would be removing the feature from all its phones which used it immediately and despite losing out in relation to this patent, said it was very happy with the court ruling overall.
Speaking to the BBC, HTC said: “We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it.”
If HTC do remove this feature by the time 19 April rolls around next year, then the ruling should have no effect on HTC’s business in the US, which is its biggest market.
While Apple’s spat with HTC in the states is now finally over, the technology giant will have no shortage of legal battles to look forward to, with the worldwide tussle with Samsung the highlight.