TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has seen its flagship One X handset held at US Customs over "unresolved patent infringement issues" with Apple.
The Apple patent in question refers to the process that allows a mobile device to recognise things such as phone numbers and addresses in text and automatically move them to another application. Although HTC said that it had altered its technology and design, shipments of its new HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE handsets still require inspection in the US.
This news is a low blow for HTC, which is struggling to turn around its declining sales. Shares in the company tumbled more than six per cent after it said shipments of the phones were being held up.
HTC issued a statement to The INQUIRER, saying that it will work closely with the US Customs to get the issues resolved as quickly as possible. It said, "The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order."
"We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC Evo 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible," it added.
Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of publication. µ