HTC smartphones may soon be barred from being imported into the US due to a patent infringement dispute with Apple. This is a big problem for the Taiwanese based handset maker and will send shockwaves throughout the entire Android ecosystem.
The patent war between electronics giants Samsung and Apple have dominated headlines for quite a while now, but it seems that a new development might cause a big impact to the entire Android ecosystem – Taiwanese handset maker HTC may face a import ban in the US market due to technologies which infringe on Apple’s patents.
Specifically, the said patent states of a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data”. An example is the ability to search and highlight a contact number on a website which is opened from the web browser of the mobile device, which can then be followed by a tap to make a phone call to that number.
Another infringement details a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data”, which is frankly, all encompassing in modern day tele-communications.
If the ban is passed by a six-member panel at the International Trade Commission in Washington next week, HTC will take a big beating of its holiday sales, which will hit the company’s market share.
The rest of the (Android) industry can only hope for a major patent reform movement by the Obama administration soon…