If you were looking forward to the US release of the highly anticipated HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphones, it looks like you may have to wait a little longer. It has been confirmed that shipments of both devices have been held up by US customs, due to a request from Apple over patent infringements.
While giving Samsung a breather, it appears that Apple has now firmly switched their attention to HTC’s latest prospects and unfortunately it looks to be consumers that are going to suffer from this the most. US Customs is now officially ‘investigating’ patent infringements in both devices and according to the International Trade Commission, Apple said said that HTC are in violation of Apple patent #5946647, filed on August 31st 1999 – yes really.
You can even check out the patent and its full details here if you want to see for yourself. HTC has already responded to their devices being withheld, calling it a ‘standard’ procedure and that they’re looking to get both smartphones out to US consumers as soon as possible.
As far as we’re aware, this is the first instance of a Customs agency actually holding on to devices due to patent violation. The HTC One X was due to land on AT&T very soon, but visiting the carrier’s official product page will just result in an out of stock message. It’s a similar case for the HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint as there is now an out of stock message on the pre-order page as well.
What are your thoughts on this unusual delay – were you looking to buy one of the devices this month? The EVO 4G LTE was due to be available this Friday, but that definitely isn’t happening now. We’re still amazed that Apple has almost 600,000 patents in the closet quite frankly.