Feeds

HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

Stocks low as customs search boxes for illicit gear

The essential guide to IT transformation

US sales of two new HTC smartphones have been held up at customs over the company's patent battle with Apple.

The fruity firm bagged a small win against HTC in December last year with the International Trade Commission that covered just two claims on a patent. HTC immediately said it would put workarounds in all its new mobiles so the customs ban wouldn't be an issue.

Today, the Taiwanese firm said that boxes and boxes of two different mobes were sitting on the dock while US customs officials had a rifle through them.

"The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard US Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order," the firm said in a canned statement.

"We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval."

Despite the workaround, customs still have to check the phones to make sure they don't contain the illicit features.

The firm's shares slid nearly 7 per cent on the news, as the problems added to investor concern about falling revenues.

HTC's first quarter profits dropped 70 per cent this year as its phones failed to drag worshippers away from the altars of Apple and other rivals.

The new One series is HTC's last-ditch attempt at reviving its phone fortunes and it needs to get them out into the US, which was once its biggest market.

The trade commission's ban only started on 19 April, so HTC did manage to get enough One Xs into the country to launch the phone, but it is unclear how much stock is left. The EVO 4G LTE had been due to launch on Friday, but this has now been delayed. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.