The ITC has solidly come down on the side of Apple, banning importation of HTCâ€™s Android devices which violate two claims of patent #5,946,647, which is a system level patent issued in 1999 on analysing and linking data structures.
The patents implicate all of Android, and not just HTCâ€™s implementation, which would make it difficult for HTC to remediate in the 4 months before it goes into effect on the effect on April 19, 2012 .
This of course leaves HTC with their library of Windows Phone 7 handsets in USA, which may explain the rumours of a HTC LTE Windows Phone on AT&T a mere 2 months after the HTC Titan has been released.
HTC has however said â€œâ€¦ we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the â€˜647 patentâ€ but the decision may still prompt HTC to spend a bit more time on Windows Phone 7.
Read more at the Verge here.
Thanks Nathan for the tip.