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HTC's latest complaint against Apple is heading to the ITC

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HTC's latest complaint against Apple is heading to the ITC
On Tuesday, the International Trade Commission said it will investigate the latest charges made by HTC against Apple. Earlier this month, we reported that HTC had sued Apple based on the alleged infringement of 9 patents that the Taiwan based company received from Google on September 1st. Now, the ITC is taking a look at claims by HTC that Apple infringed on 5 of those 9 patents. Of the 5 involved with this ITC investigation, 3 originally came from Palm and the balance from Openwave. The ITC now has 45 days to give out an estimate as to when it will make a final ruling on the case, which is expected to last 18 months.

The back and forth feud between the Hadfields and the McCoys HTC and Apple started this past March when the latter accused HTC of illegally using 20 Apple patents having to do with the Apple iPhone. HTC came back in May with a countersuit filed with the ITC claiming that the Cupertino based firm infringed on 5 HTC patents. Apple then won a preliminary victory in July when the ITC ruled that a pair of Apple's patents were infringed upon by HTC. However, that ruling was not made by the full 6 member commission and is scheduled to go under review on December 6th at which time, the ITC will delve into two more patents that HTC is alleged to have used illegally. And on top of that, Apple had filed another a second complaint with the august international body.

The ITC cannot force a company to pay a fine to another firm. What it can do is to block imports of a product it rules is infringing on patents. Most companies settle a dispute with the threat of ITC action hanging over the head of the defendant company. In this case, some analysts have been predicting that an Apple victory will lead to high royalty payments for those who produce phones using Google's open source OS. Some analysts have said that the patents that the ITC has ruled were infringed upon by HTC are also used by other Android device makers. But these handset manufacturers don't want to be forced to give up all of their profits. Already, HTC is rumored to pay $5 to Microsoft for every Android phone the company makes.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 27 Sep 2011, 22:53

1. Sam (unregistered)


Rat Race.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 22:53 3

2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


great... google is giving patents free to a taiwanese company so even more money will be sucked out of the american economy, probably never to return... way to go google..

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 22:58 5

3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


This wouldnt even be happening if Apple didnt have their patents so far up their asses and sueing everybody for fear of competition.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:03 2

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


LOL when microsoft obviously by the article did it first... and honestly apple doesnt do it more or first before anyone else... everyone just choses to bash them because people like u will quickly and always read it... and i dont really understand because apple is a great demonstration of an american company...

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:26 2

7. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Google is protecting it's own intrest, not so much HTCs. Apple is trying to set precedence with these lawsuits against all these OEMs, so that when they finally take Google on, they will have some ammo. So it's kind of like one American company protecting itself from another. Just MHO!

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 18:55

21. remixfa (Posts: 14079; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and that is pretty darn correct, WEM.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:01 1

4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Ok, well to a bunch of Americans we would rather give them money than to have no HTC devices offered here.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:04 2

6. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well this is htc sueing apple...

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 03:03

14. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Yes, to help protect one of Android's largest device supplier.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 18:56

22. remixfa (Posts: 14079; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


technically its a COUNTERsuite.. that means apple sued first.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 15:59

20. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Except Apple has all of its production companies in OTHER COUNTRIES. Nothing from Apple helps out America, I have never seen Apple help out our country, all they do is keep their profits to them selves. Hell Microsoft gave billions of their dollars charity while Apple brags about having 78 billion in cash and not a penny of it ever helped out an American.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 22:22

24. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


apple doesnt brag about it.. thats just u sucking everything the media gives u which is very sad in itself… and apples contribution to stimulating the economy is very good… and please find me proof of such "jobs"… cause all i know of are at apples campus and at various retailers around the world--most in america… the out of sees jobs are not apple and are because of samsung, foxconn, etc..

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:27 2

8. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


That's a present for apple
Apple loves lawsuits

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:37

9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


These court battles seem to be coming to a head where soon we'll have a clear idea fo who wins what and how it will affect the industry.

Hopefully Apple gets some big victories which lead to monster licensing fees for android. That should finish off Google's already buggy malware infested platform and kill off the only thing they're doing well in, market share.

Google should stick to search and stealing people's data.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:51 2

10. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Why do you want Android finished so badly? You said earlier you didn't want Android products banned. So is Android's dimise what you really want?

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:58 1

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You do realize Taco if there was no other OS there would be competition. Competition = better products, lower prices, and better support.

If there was no competition apple could just tell you to eff off and not use their products.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:55 1

11. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


It's 4g lte dual core or bust for next Apple, if not, 3g means u behind

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 23:56 3

12. Brock Samson (unregistered)


Android has a huge market share advantage over iOS because a significant majority of people prefer Android.... so if Android really is as bad as you say it is than just how crappy must iOS be for soooo many people to prefer the buggy malware infested Android over it?

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 07:28

18. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


and I thought you currently have an android phone.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 10:30

19. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


same old taco...

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 05:40

15. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Now all companies in the World must start filing Patents lawsuits against Apple, because Apple copied every thing from them.

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 06:59

17. ibap (Posts: 706; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


That's "Hatfields".

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