FTC to ITC: Limit Use of Import Bans, Please
Apple is the worst abuser
It's an entirely different ballgame from the "design" patents that Apple has filed suits under. Design patents violations can be avoided by creating workarounds, much how HTC has done to get their devices through customs. They are not essential, therefore, can be designed around or never implemented in the first place or licensed from the patent holder.
It may seem like semantics, but these two types of patents are treated very differently.
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