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HTC designing workaround for HTC One; Taiwan OEM faces U.S. import ban from ITC

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HTC designing workaround for HTC One; Taiwan OEM faces U.S. import ban from ITC
Staring down the possibility of a major import ban, which would include blocking shipments into the U.S., HTC is re-designing a component for its flagship HTC One to avoid the legal punishment. A published report on Wednesday says that the Taiwan based manufacturer is working with chip producer Qualcomm to alter a component on various HTC models so that the phones won't be part of an import ban won by Nokia in a legal battle at the ITC.

Nokia was able to convince the ITC late last month, that HTC had infringed on a pair of Nokia patents that work with the transmission and reception of phone calls. The chip at the heart of the infringement is made by Qualcomm. If HTC can work with the silicon slinger to change the chip in question, it could avoid having its most successful phone in years from getting blocked from entry into the U.S.

While the phones currently on the list to be banned are all older models, when the ITC meets in January to vote on the import ban, it could decide to include the HTC One. Nokia says that the latter device uses the same technology and should be included if the ITC does agree on the harsh punishment. HTC could try to talk to the commission to have them change their mind, devise a workaround such as the one it is doing with Qualcomm, or it can decide to enter into a licensing agreement with Nokia.

In May 2012, the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE were blocked from entry into the U.S. until a specific feature was removed by HTC, allowing the phones to enter the U.S. In that case, it was Apple that complained about HTC infringing on its patents.

source: WSJ

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posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:39 6

1. zig8100 (Posts: 135; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Nokia really hates the HTC One. First it was the Microphones now its the chip? Nokia is starting to be like Apple now. How is that hurting Nokias sales? Maybe they are mad they are making Windows phones. Sad Nokia.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:04

6. sprockkets (Posts: 1235; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I'd have to agree with Nokia, if and only if, HTC doesn't want to pay for Nokia's FRAND phone patents.

Notice how Moto, Apple, and the rest of the industry already is licensed for them.

Of course, they won't ban the precious HTC 8X. For that matter, after they sell their device division, it shouldn't matter.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 13:13

10. JC557 (Posts: 1128; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


STMicro shouldn't have sold those chips and HTC hasn't needed those mics for clear calls in the past. Same goes for right now in that Qualcomm is the supplier of radio cells.

Now I'm wondering if changing out these chips for something different will have an impact on battery life. HTC is known to sip very little power in standby and voice calling.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 21:01

16. sprockkets (Posts: 1235; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


It has nothing to do with the mic chips but with call transmission.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:04 2

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3550; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


What about my HTC One, and I love Nokia.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:30 1

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1158; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Well, i guess after HTC pay Apple their share for each phone, they can fork over the rest of the profit to Nokia... HTC stands for "Had The Cash".

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:48 3

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6566; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Gettn sick n tired of these law suits.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:50

3. muhsen (Posts: 259; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


at first when there was some legal battle between Nokia and Htc about Nokia's HAAC mics. one would argue that maybe Nokia wanted to slow down HTC. but ironically after the settlement that ST Ericsson is the one to blame and HTC won't get any more HDR (nokia's HAAc) mics, HTC didn't try to find a way around this,but HTC just cancelled the feature out of the ONE suspiciously pointing that the HDR feature was basically dependent on none but Nokia's HAAC mics.

Now , it all seems that HTC is going the patent infringement way, specially where HTC already predicted bad sales for the One in the current months, so there is no way for Nokia to do this just to slow sales since sales r already pretty slowing. No wonder HTC is still in the red and on the way down. Well it takes some decency and honesty rather than a pretty body to stay relevant in the business

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:54

4. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I've been hearing of an htc one import ban since the phone came out

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 10:57 1

5. mousesports (Posts: 253; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Good joob NOKIA ! Kick them all

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 11:20

8. amats69 (Posts: 1082; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I just hope they resolve this issue in a friendly way..i love this two company who build beautiful phones...

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 14:14

11. Android4Ever (Posts: 86; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I hope HTC kicks the bucket! Nobody wants a "sealed shut" phone with no expandable memory. And obviously that's a fact because of their VERY MEDIOCRE SALES with the HTC one. Please Please ban that GARBAGE from the U.S.A.!

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 18:10 1

12. ngo2dd (Posts: 785; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


You are an idiot that is all.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 18:35

13. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Ahem, Nexus 4.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:24

14. luxzy801 (Posts: 136; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


aren't you the guy that owned an iPhone back in 2008?????????
LOL

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:25

15. luxzy801 (Posts: 136; Member since: 16 Jun 2010)


aren't you the guy that owned an iPhone back in 2008?????????
LOL

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