The ITC recently halted the imports of HTC’s One X and EVO 4G LTE due to a patent infringement investigation, a first in the US. Now it’s looking like HTC isn’t alone, as a similar case has now come up with Motorola. They are facing an import ban and investigation over a patent war with Microsoft, something that has been ongoing. The battle has been narrowed down to one patent, with more than 20 of Motorola’s devices being a part of the case.
What does this mean? Motorola has to pay $0.33 for every device it brings to the US. This will continue during a 60 days Presidential review period, pending a final verdict. Motorola’s position isn’t looking good, and more device bans leads to less devices for consumers. If these bans continue, we could see a change in the market entirely.
via Ars Technica