” Bill Ray reports for The Register, “The US International Trade Commission has decided to investigate HTC’s allegations that Apple is infringing its patents. Its answer could see the iPhone banned from American stores.”
“The ITC’s investigation is in response to HTC’s complaint, filed on May 12th, that Apple is in breach of various patents owned by HTC,” Ray reports. “The complaint calls for a ban on the import of infringing products – an interesting prospect, but one that’s pretty unlikely to actually happen.”
Ray reports, “A ban on Apple products would certainly hurt the company, and quite possibly the US economy, but such a thing is still a very long way off. The ITC has announced it will be investigating, and now has 45 days to announce a schedule for that investigation. Even if Apple is found to be infringing HTC’s patents it will still get 60 days to appeal to the US Trade Representative.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]