Just last week we heard of Apple trying to block the sale of HTC phones in the USA, and surprisingly, the ITC has already ruled against the HTC — but for a suit filed in 2010, not the most recent one. Man, these things get confusing. The International Trade Commission made an initial ruling stating that HTC infringed on two of the 10 patents that Apple alleged.
This is not a final ruling, and HTC is expected to appeal. The patents are apparently for a ”system and method for performing an action on a structure in a computer” and a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.”
Meanwhile, patent blog FOSS News has dissected the ruling, and points out that the patents are related to some pretty fundamental areas of Android’s OS, and could spell trouble for all Android phones in the USA.