Federal Judge rules against Apple as HTC's patents will stand
0. phoneArena 08 Sep 2012, 13:51 posted on
Apple asked a Federal Judge to rule that patents being used by HTC in a patent suit against the Cupertino tech giant were invalid because HTC purchased them from a third party to use agressively; the judge ruled in favor of Taiwan based HTC...
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1. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
YES. Finally, Apple gets a taste of their own medicine.
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup-per! Apple is going to have a different experience this time around. LTE is an area where it has the least coverage against infringement litigation.
I wonder if the New iPhone is going to suffer an import ban? That would certainly be pay-back for Apple's attempt to impose an import ban against HTC.
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
129. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
this is hilarious :))
"Apple asked the court to rule that the patents are invalid because HTC purchased them just to aggressively use them in court."
from a company who recently bought LTE patents to protect its product. :))
13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I think they're going to suffer form the IB. Things are looking good for HTC and Samsung now that they've brought out the LTE patents, and if they play their cards right, the iPhone 5 will be banned. Payback is a b*tch.
19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
An import ban for LTE is going to be much more problematic for Apple than the design patent ban was for HTC. Designs can be worked around relatively quickly. An LTE ban would require the chip to be disabled somehow, which would make the New iPhone a New iPhone 3G....
Maybe Apple would have to change their marketing pitch from the New iPhone to the Old iPhone?
30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Lol yup. Apple started all of these lawsuits, now HTC, Sammy, and Google are ending them.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 21771; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Droid x Doug this isn't a pro apple comment, but you'd have to b nuts to think the new iPhone will b banned in theUS. Over seas maybe, but here no way in hell bro. That device is far too important to our national economy. Apples business practices can b quite hypocritical at times... I admit that, but u and I both know there will b no iPhone ban, and none of samsungs will b banned either the stock market and the weak ut recovering national economy simply won't allow it. Apple will get hit, but with licensing fees and a fine. That's about it. What do u think bro from a business stand point, not an apple hater stand point like some people give their opinions?
36. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The ITC doesn't consider impact to a company's financial statements in deciding whether to impose an import ban. While you don't appear to believe this, wait and see what happens if HTC's patents get upheld.
Regarding the Apple vs. Sammy pissing match, Apple was all set to argue which of Sammy's products should be banned from being imported into the U.S. Then Judge Koh gave Sammy a break by putting out that discussion until December, 2012. If Sammy is not able to get a stay while the case is appealed, come December, there will be some form of import ban order from Judge Koh.
Again, impact on an infringing company's financial statement is not a criteria for deciding whether to impose a ban. If Apple can successfully argue that it is suffering such that a fine will not fully compensate it for the suffering, it meets its burden for why it should get the ban. Infringement has already been proven to the satisfaction of the jury.
37. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
"none of samsungs will b banned either..."
42. darkkjedii (Posts: 21771; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I hope not bro, cuz I'm a huge fan of apple Samsung iOS, and android. I live tech dude... Big time!
125. joey_sfb (Posts: 5839; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Should be Samsung Apple's iOS. Since samsung build like 90% of the device. 10% being software and other stuff e.g home button.
38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Honestly, if I were HTC, I would ban the iP5 if they don't agree on some heavy licensing terms. Just because it's a "popular" phone doesn't mean it can't get banned. Look back at the Samsung vs. Apple courtcase. Apple is seeking to ban the Galaxy S even though it was the first major Android phone that sold well over the 10 million mark for Samsung.
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 21771; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
True and apple would b smart enough to fork over cash, versus losing tons more in a ban. Plus Htc needs the money with the way they've been falling off with sales. Don't u think?
54. Angkor (Posts: 108; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
HTC should ask Apple to pay $1 billion per year on licensing the LTE. It a pay back time for HTC.
110. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
no they should pay 10 billion since they ask soo much damn money from samsung.
130. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
nah, you can't just say $1B
Let's just say that if apple could ask samsung around $30 to $40 in every product for a design patent.
HTC should ask around $50 to $60 in every product for a useful patent.
If that is the case, $50 x 30 million of iPhone 5 =$1 500 000 000
+ $60 x 10 million iPad = $600 000 000
That would be around $2.1B for the first year, that's a huge money taken from two products. HAHAHA
91. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Too much talk of throwing nuclear weapons here.
Even if HTC's patents hold up against the inevitable validity challenge, the absolute worst that they can do to Apple is a temporary sales ban. Apple could pull an HTC and release a software update that disables the LTE radio. That would take maybe 2 weeks max to do. Then Apple can ship the New (Old) iPhone. As long as Apple can demonstrate that the LTE radio is truly disabled and not something that can be simply circumvented with a developers version of iOS, they have met the non-infringement test. Sure, there would be disruption as each phone was checked at customs to be sure it had the update, but that would be it.
Apple would suffer some erosion of its market share due to not having LTE, but the vast majority of its customers are more into cool than LTE speed. The LTE speedfreaks have already moved to Android. Plus, there is the matter of the golden handcuffs (cost of switching from the iOS ecosystem).
52. cncrim (Posts: 846; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
From bussiness stand point any ban any electronic is low and dirty becuase there are thousand parts in the a device and just because one part is same then ban the whole unit it sell instead penalty like license fee. But apple not will to do any of either pay 30 per unit sale or face court, basicly said i'm not license you the technology.
As far apple wont be ban in US you are wrong, if Plaintiff can proof apple is infringe, she will face the same consequence as HTC. As today there is no law said hometown product can not be ban ....... and if apple ban cause US economic a hole then congress will fix the system otherwise we will se apple face the same fate as HTC.
157. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
ur already being a pro apple.... YOU DON'T SAY?
162. jamz82277 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)
Just hwo do you figure that the iPhone 5 has anything to do with the national economy? It has NOTHING to do with the US economy. It has to do with Apple's profits and that is all! Apple deserves to get hit with a ban, and if HTC won't do it I know one company that will- Samsung.. And guess who owns a bunch of non standard essential LTE patents? Samsung. Guess who has already found infringement of their non standard essential LTE patents in the LTE version of the iPad? Samsung. Apple is about to get slammed for their incessant patent litigation in the form of a Major hit in its stock and its product sales (or the lack thereof).
67. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I thought the new iPhone was going to be 2G?
Awhhhhhhh maaaan..... iCan't believe iLost that bet!
87. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
That would help all its problems with 3G reception and data/voice switching
148. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Yes, except that this just allows those patents to stand in the trial. Apple does own the Nortel LTE patents, as well as have third-party LTE licensing through Qualcomm, who has more LTE patents than HTC and Samsung, combined. This is not going to result in any sort of ban.
128. lyndon420 (Posts: 4466; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Go htc. Would be hilarious if every LTE patent holder attacked apple at the same time. Couple that with screen supply problems etc and the iphone will have a tough time being released. Every OEM who works with apple needs to stop supplying them with parts once their contracts are up. Karma.
34. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
And they'll be tasting it across the word because i heard that apple's gonna have a global lte version of the iphone 5. Smells like someone's gonna have a global product ban anytime soon.
45. darkkjedii (Posts: 21771; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I know one thing dude by Xmas I will have the iPhone 5, and the gnote 2. Thatll b the best of both worlds.
93. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Don't rule out the monster from HTC (5.5 inch 1080p display, S4 Pro (quadcore) CPU, 2 Gb RAM, JB...) That will be one motherf*cking phablet that immediately ups the ante for everyone else.