More bad news for HTC as Taiwan based firm faces sales ban following ITC ruling

More bad news for HTC as Taiwan based firm faces sales ban following ITC ruling
Things have not been going well for Taiwan based manufacturer HTC. As we told you earlier on Tuesday, the company is finding it hard to procure the casings it needs to produce the HTC One mini. Thanks to the shortage of this part, HTC now is expected to ship just 200,000 units of the HTC One mini each month. In addition, the company's big budget ad campaign starring Robert Downey Jr. hasn't been seen on television for weeks and is apparently a flop.

And things could get much worse for HTC following a ruling by the ITC that several HTC handsets infringe on two Nokia patents. The commission found HTC not guilty of infringing on one Nokia patent. The patents found to be infringed on deal with the signals sent and received by both handsets and tablets. The ITC could issue a sales ban blocking the infringing phones from entering into the U.S. A final decision will be made by the ITC on January 23, 2014

The phones involved in the possible sales ban include the HTC Amaze 4G, the HTC Inspire 4G, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, HTC Radar 4G, HTC Rezound and the HTC Sensation 4G. Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant emailed a statement that read, "Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents."

The only good news for HTC here is that the handsets involved are well past their prime and a sales ban against them really wouldn't do any damage to the manufacturer. What this does do is take some time, money and focus away from more important things that the Taiwan based firm could be working on.

source: Reuters via BGR



1. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Oh no!!!!! they are going to ban my Sensation!!!! How am i ever going to get over the phone i had two years ago???? :'(

7. Beijendorf unregistered

No no, they'll only ban you from buying a new one in 2014. Which is equally terrifying since I'm looking for a new paperweight for my desk. :(

9. Sauce unregistered

Lmao +1

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're giving them away in kid's meals

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Omg lolol. I'm a previous Sensation 4G owner, and I found this too funny. +1

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Dirty thieves get what they deserve, HTC is a horrible company I hope they are 100% gone in a few years.

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i hope your gone 100% in a few years. htc isnt bad they're just not great

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They are one of the worst Android OEMs.

8. Beijendorf unregistered

A little clarification on why you call them "horrible company" and "dirty thieves" would raise you from troll status to a person holding a discussion.

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

People clarify like crazy but all the HTC loving morons like Giani just don't listen and write it off as a conspiracy theory. HTC products do not sell because they suck, not because of any other imaginary reason HTC fans and Samsung haters like to come up with.

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm not sure I see how they are as bad as Samsung, let alone, worse. Samsung has ripped off companies in practically every field they enter. The Galaxy S was an iPhone ripoff, they ripped off Japanese flatscreen manufacturers to become competitive, they were sued by LG for corporate espionage, they have used SEP patents to sue competitors and been investigated for it, and they are currently being sued by Dyson for blatant copying of patented features. I would say HTC would have to work pretty hard to be worse.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Do you really want to go there? Because anyone can sit here and wrote all night about your favorite company in the world, the almighty... Apple.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah? Enlighten me. Of course, if I was a diehard Apple guy, shouldn't I at least own an iPhone? Unless a Moto X, an Atrix HD, and a Kindle Fire HD count.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iOS 7. That's all I need to say.

32. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah? Androidberry. Checkmate.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple has no problem out sourcing their entire iPhone manufacturing to Samsung, if Apple don't have a problem with that why should their fans care about Samsung this Samsung that.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Yes they ripped off Japanese flat screen You are fricking moron because Samsung has been supplying them for ages. In fact, Sony and Samsung had their own factory before until Samsung realized that Sony was dead weight and cut them off. A lot of TV manufacturers use Samsung and Panasonic panels for their televisions.

28. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

He is not a troll. He is just plain stup!d. Plus when u take into consideration things like paid students and stuff it's not hard to understand why forums open to discussions are full of this type of characters. As for their beloved sammy...well we are talking about HTC here. Apparently a lot of these so called forum experts (paid students) have expressed their desire for HTC to go bankrupt. Why from a consumer point of view is this a good thing I really can't understand. I know it's frustrating when the likes of the fruit company...HTC and others actually put some thoughts into their designs and use premium materials. But hey it's called choice ! If I whant to buy a premium looking device fine my choice. If I whant to buy an plastic brick with a removable battery...fine again..the point here is WE need choices.

33. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Give us an example of how "terrible" they are.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Water under the bridge at this point.

6. papss unregistered

HTC can't catch a break lately. When will they learn!

10. Sauce unregistered

What happened with HTC lately, before this?

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Bad sales and job cuts.

21. Android4Ever

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

They recently were forced to cut 40% of their work force. Due to below average sales of their sealed shut "pretty" phones...

23. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Supply Shortage (even before the Mini), Top Execs leaving the company, Using Mic (for HTC One) that supposedly Nokia exclusive only.

12. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Microsoft patents you mean? :(


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Most of these devices are discontinued anyway and, even if they are banned, President "O" will do the right thing and Veto the ban. After all, it would be the fair thing to do since he iVetoed the ITC Apple ban earlier this year. Here's to "O's" democracy: separate and equal.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, more than half of the phones are none existent now. I don't see the point.

20. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Who cares for those 2 year old phones...HTC shouldn't spend money fighting over it.

25. Sauce unregistered

EVERYONE cared when it was the iPhone 4... el o el

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