U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have lifted a nearly month long blockade of HTC’s two newest smartphones, the One X and the Evo 4G LTE.
“HTC has completed the review process with US Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling,” the Chinese phone maker told Wired in an email. “Future shipments should continue to enter the U.S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”
Tom Harlin, an HTC spokesman, said the company wasn’t sure how long it would take to get its phones from Customs to retailers and carriers. But the company is working on getting the new phones on store shelves as soon as possible.
Customs officials enforced the blockade at the request of the U.S. International Trade Commission, which ruled in December that some HTC smartphones running Google’s Android operating system violated a 1996 Apple patent on a data-detecting function found in nearly all modern handsets.
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