Apple (s aapl) is looking to sharpen the teeth on a recent import ban it secured from the International Trade Commission (ITC) against HTC smartphones, according to an appeal filing discovered Wednesday by Florian Mueller. The appeal, filed with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), appears to seek to broaden the scope of the ITC’s ruling by getting at least one other patent included, which could in theory make an import ban harder for HTC to work around.
The ITC’s initial ruling, which was handed downDec. 19, found HTC devices running Android (s goog) infringed on an Apple patent related to how data in notes and other documents, including emails and phone numbers, are automatically linked to other relevant external apps. HTC quickly responded to the decision, saying it had a software tweak in place that would allow it to avoid the ban entirely.
The specifics of Apple’s…
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