HTC may be able to seek import ban on LTE iPad and new iPhone

Summary:Apple won a major case against Samsung, but all may not be rosy for Apple as patents that HTC owns are holding strong at the moment. Apple screwed up HTC's EVO 4G LTE launch and now HTC may return the favor with the new iPhone.

Apple was successful in delaying HTC's release of the HTC EVO 4G LTE earlier this summer and now it sounds like there is a very slight possibility that HTC may be able to seek an import ban on the current iPad and future iPhone with LTE. HTC has been having some hard times recently and deserves a patent win or two.

HTC filed this lawsuit against Apple for infringing on two patents it owns for LTE connection methods. An ITC judge said Apple has a difficult road ahead of them providing clear and convincing evidence that the HTC patents are invalid. HTC acquired the patents from ADC Telecommunications Inc. in April 2011 just before the HTC Thunderbolt, the first LTE phone, was released.

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Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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