440x330 htc one x front ITC denies Apples bid for emergency ban on HTC products

In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but ultimately the agency denied the request.

In a last-minute ditch to prevent HTC from importing HTC’s One series smartphone into the U.S., Apple filed for an emergency ban of HTC’s product with the U.S. ITC, but ultimately the agency denied the request.

Apple filed a complaint against HTC for infringement of a patent that dealt with the detection of phone numbers in emails, and if tapped, the number can be directly dialed without having to manually input the number. 

After several days of reworking the phones, HTC received approvals of U.S. customs officials.  However, Apple remained adamant that HTC had not completed all the requirements necessary to get the ban lifted.  HTC argued that the infringement which Apple was referring to was beyond HTC’s control, because the Gmail app which infringed Apple’s patent was a closed-source software from Google

Since HTC’s product bans were lifted, their stock prices rose and today it added nearly 1 percent to its NT$393.50 at closing—a tremendous boost for a company that haven’t seen a figure like that in almost four weeks. 

HTC’s peaked smartphone market share was 10.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012, but has since slipped to 4.5 percent due to Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line.