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Apple, HTC, ZTE LTE-Capable Devices Didn’t Violate INVT’s Wireless Patents, US Appeals Court Says

A US appeals court reportedly ruled in favor of Apple, HTC and ZTE on Wednesday over claims that importing their devices infringes wireless technology patents held by INVT. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reportedly said that smartphones and other devices from Apple, HTC and ZTE do not infringe INVT’s rights to two patents related to wireless communications, originally owned by Panasonic. The patent-holding company had previously requested an import ban for allegedly infringing devices in the United States.

According to a report by Reuters, a three-judge Federal Circuit Panel ruled that Apple, HTC and ZTE devices do not infringe any of INVT’s patents related to wireless technology.

“The companies’ smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and other LTE-enabled devices do not infringe INVT’s rights to two patents originally owned by Panasonic,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said, according to the report.

The devices functioned differently than described in the patent, the court said, adding that they were unable to receive and process data signals in the same way as INVT’s patented technology.

INVT filed a lawsuit against Apple, HTC and ZTE with the US International Trade Commission back in 2018, accusing their devices, which comply with the LTE wireless standard, of infringing their patents. She called for an import ban on the allegedly infringing devices. The commission decided in 2020 for the device manufacturers.

According to the report, after the appeals court confirmed that the patents were not infringed, the tech companies can continue to import and sell their smartphones and other devices in the United States.

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