HTC found to have infringed two Apple patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that Taiwanese phone maker HTC has infringed two Apple patents in its Android-based handsets.

Apple's original complaint encompassed some ten patents. The ITC decided that two had been infringed by HTC in its implementation of Android. The decision - if upheld - could see HTC Android phones banned from the US.

It could also mean that Android devices made by other manufacturers may be in danger of being found to infringe the patents, one of which is a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.” (U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647) and the second is a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data” (U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263).

The ITC decision is subect to review. HTC said it was prepared to “vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision.”