That the phones are being released at all might have something to do with the clever move by HTC to replace the infringing software on those units headed for the States with software that most likely is clear of any patent violations. Apple's victory in court led to a ruling that blocked the import of certain HTC devices into the U.S. starting last month. The ITC started blocking the phone's entry into the States this past week. Since then, shipments of the HTC Amaze 4G have been placed on hold although it is unclear whether this has anything to do with the patent issue. HTC says it is confident that this matter will be resolved shortly. The HTC One X for AT&T has already been released although the carrier's website shows that it is currently sold out, which might have something to do with the ban. The HTC EVO 4G LTE was set to launch on May 18th via Sprint, but obviously that will have to be changed. An earlier May 23rd date mentioned by Best Buy in an email as the device's new launch date was later rescinded.
If this is the next step in the patent wars between manufacturers, we are looking at some big mess and if certain models get taken off the market due to the ITC, prices are going to rise as demand for banned models outstrips supply. Let's hope cooler heads prevail and we don't get to that point. Hope starts tomorrow when Samsung and Apple meet at the CEO-level on Monday and Tuesday in an attempt to work out an agreement on all of the litigation between the two rivals.
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An active clarification regarding the US Custom's inspection status of HTC products
1.Date of occurrence of the event:2012/05/20
2.Company name:HTC Corporation
3.Relationship to the Company (please enter "head office" or "affiliate company"):Head Office
4.Reciprocal shareholding ratios:N/A
5.Cause of occurrence:Each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customs and will be released once Customs officials have completed the inspection. Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers. We don't have the status of each specific device model at this time, but we are working closely with Customs. We remain confident that this issue will be resolved soon.
7.Any other matters that need to be specified:N/A