HTC already testing new phones working around Apple patents
1. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I would like to thank Apple for boosting HTC's marketing campaign. Now HTC can write on each of their products: "The Phone that Apple tried to stop".
10. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
More like the phones that infringed on Apple's IP. HTC thought it could get away with and lost.
14. ilia1986 (unregistered)
So did Samsung and won - rightfully - and just as rightfully - HTC will win as well - and this will boost their campaign and public awareness.
Apple is like the comic villain trying desperately to avoid defeat while it's enemies - the good guys - stand around and laugh.
15. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
some good guys if they are only standing around laughing... I still have hope for you Illia... your free world theory will just not happen...And your story about the justice league being spectators... wow...
16. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
are u deranged... apple won a patent they got in 1999 and u are calling htc a good guy for infringing on it?
whats next, everybody gets to infinge on patents? no more capitalist order? communist takeover?
haha im kidding but seriously... how is htc in the right for infringing on patents
2. oldhamletman (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)
making a telephone number into a hotlink is a patentable idea whose owner needs to be paid a royalty fee? a zillion customers will now have to manually dial phone numbers they receive in texts and emails... it's absurd...
patent law needs to be brought into sanity....
6. roldefol (Posts: 3181; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Some software patents are ....patently...ridiculous. For example, Amazon's One-Click feature is patented, prohibiting any other website from using one-click checkout. Essentially forcing everyone else to offer a less convenient shopping experience. That's how I see this patent - Apple claimed the rights to a convenient UI feature. Is it truly "new and non-obvious", the criteria for patentability?
The problem is that patents issued on software came about during a time when IP law was still catching up with the rapid pace of technology. UI patents are especially muddy. Some of Apple's patents likely shouldn't have been issued to begin with, but it's easier to work around one or two than try to invalidate them all.
11. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
It is a known fact that there were prior art with respect to "Amazon's One-Click" patent.
As for Apple, take the "slide to unlock", they made it an industry standard because it was new and non-obvious. Give Apple credit for making that feature work in a way that people liked it.
BTW, the counter-argument goes, if you were so damn smart, why didn't you patent the "slide to unlock" feature in the first place.
3. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Suggestion to google...
Please patent the display of numbers on a mobile device... That would end this nonsense. You did it first anyways...
4. robinrisk (unregistered)
5. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Many ways in which HTC may have worked around this patent. One is: On a web, sms or email page, the number displayed is used by long clicking on the number displayed which then minimises the app and lists the number and actions on the dialling screen. You can then choose what you want to do with the number i.e. call, save, sms, mms, fax, etc...
7. roldefol (Posts: 3181; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
That's the likely workaround. Long clicking in Android is equivalent to right clicking in Windows, which brings up a list of options to perform. HTC can then claim Windows as prior art should Apple continue to fight them.
For further protection, Google should work this feature into GB and ICS. This affects everyone, not just HTC.
8. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Htc will be fine all apple did was make them stronger everyone knows competition is what apple is scared of
12. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You mean like how HTC wanted to spend $300 million on S3 Graphics to bolster their losing argument. That's really "brilliant" and no wonder HTC will lose in the android arms race.
Apple LOVES competition; Apple hates people or companies that steal their IP. The facts are HTC infringed on Apple IP meaning HTC's actions forced Apple to defend its IP.
13. roldefol (Posts: 3181; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Which they did, pushing HTC to get creative and design around the patent. For all we know, the workaround could enhance the user experience and push technology forward. (Not saying it will, but it could.)
9. cncrim (Posts: 547; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
The patent system got to need to be fix, telephone number into a hotlink patentable is crazy, it should be a part of FRAND.
17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Next up... suing for highlighting an item on a display by touching it. Wait, actually, i think i remember something about that a while back. Too early for brain function properly.