If you thought that Apple was going to drop the ball on its patent claims, you were wrong! TheVerge reports that the newly announced HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE have become the first handsets to suffer from shipment delays due to ” Apple patent infringements.” U.S. Customs will “indefinitely” halt the shipments, for some reviewing, following an ITC exclusion order which was passed back in December 2011.
If you recall, Apple was able to win the ITC’s seal of approval in its claim against HTC. They were able to somehow prove that the HTC handsets’messaging app and browser infringed on its patent #5,946,647. Although HTC was given some time to come up with workarounds Apple’s patent claims, The ban took effect on April 19.
This latest development could possibly be behind AT&T running out of the HTC One X. TheVerge was able to confirm that not only Ma Bell’s website was out of the handset but also several retail locations. Sprint, on the other hand, is reporting delays on pre-orders for their HTC EVO 4G LTE with a possible ship date of May 25.
The Irony here is that the One X and EVO 4G LTE have been announced way after the International Trade Commission ruling, meaning that HTC would be completely stupid to launch them sporting the so-called “data tapping” and the mini UI experience.” Here is to hoping that HTC files for an appeal to hopefully get the U.S. Customs to do whatever they have to do to let us all enjoy some Android goodness. Read HTC’s Statement below:
The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.