In one of several intellectual property disputes Apple is currently engaged in with various players in the smartphone and smartphone accessories market, it has accused HTC of violating two patents. After the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in Apple's favor, HTC appealed the verdict and expected a new ruling on December 6.
However, an official statement by the ITC states that it will not hand down its decision regarding HTC's appeal as planned, extending its own deadline by eight days to December 14. At that time, the full six-member body of the ITC will either uphold its original ruling, leading to a ban on the U.S. sale of HTC devices allegedly in violation of Apple's patents, or stand with HTC and effectively invalidate Apple's complaint.
This matter began when Apple filed an initial complaint with the ITC in April of 2010, along with its affiliate company, NeXT Software, alleging HTC's infringment on a series of its patents. The original ITC ruling came over a year later, in July 2011, claiming that the Taiwanese mobile device company had violated the Tariff Act of 1930.
According to Mobile Burn, HTC's legal troubles – regardless of their final outcome next week – have already done damage to its profits. It stated that its November sales were 20 percent below their levels at the same time last year, and 30 percent below its sales just a month ago.