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Customs Letting In Some HTC Smartphones

5/21/2012 03:33:26 PM Eastern
Taoyuan, Taiwan - U.S. customs has inspected some HTC smartphones to ensure they don't violate an Apple patent and have released some of them to U.S. carriers, HTC said.

"Some models have gone through inspection and been released to our carriers customers," HTC said. "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."

A request to the company's U.S. subsidiary for more details has not been answered.

Phone models known to be held up at customs include the One X 4G phone for the AT&T network and the Evo 4G LTE for the Sprint network. AT&T had already begun selling One X phones on May 6 from inventories obtained before customs began on April 19 to inspect HTC imports. Sprint's Evo 4G LTE launch was postponed from May 18 because of the inspections.

The patent in question was part of an Apple complaint before the International Trade Commission (ITC), which last December barred HTC from importing select phones using the patent starting April 19. At the time, HTC said it would modify the phones found to be in violation to eliminate the patented technology.

On its website, HTC had the following to say: "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."
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