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HTC Retooling Chipset to Avoid ITC Ban

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Oct 2, 2013, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

HTC is hoping to avoid an import ban that may be levied against its flagship devices thanks to a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC found HTC guilty of infringing on two Nokia patents last month. The initial ruling was made by an administrative law judge and will be revisited by the entire panel in January. If the panel upholds the initial ruling, HTC might be prevented from importing devices such as the One and One Mini. Unfortunately for the HTC, the violation has to do with hardware and not software. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, HTC is working with its chipset vendor, Qualcomm, to create a hardware-based workaround. HTC has only said that it "will keep its alternative plans ready to ensure no business disruption." The Journal also suggests that HTC might settle with Nokia rather than retool its hardware. The patents in question pertain to how phones transmit and receive phone calls.

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