Any hope that HTC will get to breathe easily after successfully bringing the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC One X back into the US market – following a temporary ban — can be squashed.
Clearly unhappy with the way things aren’t going in their favor, Apple has asked the International Trade Commission to once again ban HTC devices from passing through the Customs’ door. This time Cupertino is requesting for a full blanket ban on ALL of the Taiwan manufacturer’s handsets that allegedly infringed Apple’s patent — all 29 of them.
HTC phones and tablets that have made it safely into the country aren’t safe from Apple’s wrath as well, as Apple wants to see the 29 devices being pulled from stores. It’s worth noting that some of them aren’t even available for sale anymore and many have reached their End of Life status. It’s quite a long list, so brace yourself.
Responding to the latest complaint from Apple, HTC said that “The U.S. Customs office has reviewed and approved HTC devices for import into the U.S., as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling.” HTC has acted swiftly to make the changes required on the two phones that were initially banned in less than two weeks, which fans and supporters of the brand no doubt appreciate. But now we’ll have to wait and see what ITC has to say about this, since Apple thinks that HTC’s workaround still violates its patent.
What do you think about Apple’s latest offensive? Is Apple’s sore loser’s attitude bordering desperation?
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Can someone sue Apple for unhealthy competition practices? :P
Apple sure makes the smartphone market a living hell. I’m glad to know that most people close to me don’t buy Apple.
Seems like Apple is really afraid of the competition
of they sepend half the resources they do on legal, to the dev team, maybe the iPhone would accually live up to todays standards :)
Apple is attacking on Android. It doesn’t want to compete with Android. You are loser Apple.
Super Like! :)
Apple is a threat to our freedom of choice, it won’t be long before they’re a threat to our wellbeing and national security for not having an IPhone or IPad.
So android steals from Apple big time, and you are the ones that say that apple is desperate…. That’s pathetic. Apple has legal decisioons, what do you have?
A juggernaught of a platform that is outselling iPhones by over 2:1. Apple would try to patent black rectangles if they could, DESPERATE indeed! haha
Did you see the article (here on Android Authority) how Apple essentially got laughed out of court by the Judge when their suit trying to patent the shape of a pad – a square with rounded corners and a glass face – fell apart?
So you see they DID try to patent a rectangle and call it an Apple creation! Apple is the corporate equivalent of a cornered rat now and acting the part to perfection.
They didn’t have time to innovation so they are sueing every one….. they known very well they’re no match to big big ANDROID
Apple: “but your honor, we made a cell phone! no one else should be allowed to make one now! everyone knows when we make something it is ‘the first’ ever therefore every cell phone in the world MUST be a copy of ours! and you must ban them all!”
Judge: . . . . . . . . (crickets) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (looks to the clerk) “is there any way we can get Oracle and Apple to sue each other?”
This is seriously ridiculous. On behalf of the free, non-monopoly ridden world, I would like to say, Frack You.
If I were Samsung and HTC I would sue Apple for filing frivolous nuisance suits.
Apple is so smart they are stupid.
My guess is that they don’t realize how truly fragile their B. S. fanboy, chic, I’m sex and I know it mystique that causes people to buy their products not so much based on value but peer pressure.
The more they show people their true colors (which are nasty, ugly ones) the more they help reveal to the world that Apple is not a creative, feel good company you can be proud of being associated with but a craven, greedy, frightened organization populated by zealots approaching religious status who now feel cast adrift in a sea of competition they are most likely going to sink (deservedly so) to the bottom of.
I won’t miss them; hope it happens sooner rather than later.
It would be nice to spend our time here reading about exciting product innovations – not the 800 pound gorilla that Apple has become trying to stifle creativity rather than demonstrating a bit of it.