HTC US import ban lifted

The blockade on HTC's devices into the US has been lifted, with the device manufacturer now able to ship its One X and Evo 4G LTE into the country, after the devices were banned from sale for almost a month.

The blockade on HTC's devices into the US has been lifted, with the device manufacturer now able to ship its One X and Evo 4G LTE into the country, after the devices were banned from sale for almost a month.

HTC has reported that its review process with US Customs has been completed and the devices now comply with the International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling, which stated that HTC's devices were to be banned from US import if they contained a patent-infringing feature.

"Future shipments should continue to enter the US, and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products," HTC said in a statement.

The ban on the device was a result of a battle between HTC and Apple, in which HTC was found to have violated Apple's US Patent #5,946,647. The patent in question covers situations where users click a link and are presented with a number of options. In a legal battle that saw Apple spend a reported US$100 million fighting its case, the ITC had ruled that any infringing HTC devices were to be banned from US import from 19 April.

HTC quickly implemented a work-around for the violated patent, but the replacement feature had to be inspected and verified by US Customs. This delay caused HTC to miss its US release date for the Evo 4G LTE.

The original feature is not restricted to HTC's devices, potentially opening up other manufacturers to legal action by Apple. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is already in Apple's sights; the Cupertino, California-based company filed for a preliminary injunction against the device earlier this year, over the same patent and three others.

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