Whoa. Apple just won a big court victory against HTC that could force HTC to stop selling its Android phones in the United States. The United States International Trade Commission ruled that HTC was infringing on an Apple patent that effects HTC Android devices running Android 1.6 to 2.2.

 The patent in question involves the ability for a device to recognize a phone number or an address and convert it into a clickable link.  Smartphone users appreciate the benefit of tapping a phone number in an email and placing a call, or having an address turn into a link that takes you to a map view.  HTC has already claimed that they will fix (ahem, remove) this feature to avoid the ban.  I find it interesting that Apple has chosen to go after the smartphone vendors instead of Google on these patent fights.

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