Apple won a small battle as the US International Trade Commission banned sales of some HTC smartphones and Tablets in the US market because of patent infringement reasons.
HTC has responded that the issues in question are minor ones and they would release software updates to work around them to ensure that the devices remain on sale in the US market.
The devices included in the ban are: Sprint Evo 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible, AT&T Aria, and T-Mobile G2.
The bad news is that the issues found to be in infringement are part of the core Android experience and hence Apple could now easily target every other Android phone maker in the US market.
The ban would go in effect from April 19, 2012. HTC and Google have enough time to respond to the problems. But the core issue remains… The patents involved are too broad and they can be used to target more companies and mobile platforms in the future.
Apple had the usual yada yada to say after the victory:
We think competition is healthy but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.