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HTC Finds Loophole around US Apple Patent Ruling

HTC found a way to go around a US agency ruling that found the user interface of some of its smartphones have infringed a patent owned by Apple. HTC Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou said that the feature was rarely used and the company already found a technical workaround.

The technology violated by HTC is a common smartphone function that lets users collect information from emails to make phone calls or search for a location on a map. HTC said that it already resolved the problem and its phones running on Android operating system would not suffer from the ruling. The ITC gave HTC until April to remove the feature.

HTC said that it would continue to work with Google to protect itself from patent lawsuits in the future. Chou made the announcement at a media briefing at its headquarters at Taoyuan, Taiwan. The United States International Trade Commission came out with a ruling this week with regards to the case filed by Apple against HTC.

The ruling started the period of settling patent disputes for the next couple of years. Also present at the event was Andy Rubin, senior vice president of Google’s mobile division and founder of Android.