Wednesday could bring U.S. ban on HTC's Android devices
Back in July, the ITC stunned Android users and HTC fans in particular when it ruled that HTC had infringed on a pair of Apple's patents. HTC appealed the ruling which takes us up to Wednesday's decision. Ironically, the other day the ITC ruled that HTC's products do not infringe on a pair of patents held by former Apple subsidiary FlashPoint Technology related to camera technology. Other defendants like RIM, Nokia and LG settled out of court while HTC rolled the dice and won.
When the ITC made its "initial determination" on July 15th, there was real fear in the air that all Android devices could end up being banned in the States. the ruling needed to be voted on by all 6 members of the commission and it is the result of that vote that we will find out about on Wednesday. As far as a possible ban is concerned, considering that HTC has won initial rulings against Apple for patent infringement, it would behoove the entire industry to work out a settlement as the only ones that benefit from all of this litigation are the attorneys and those nimble fingered court reporters.
11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2018; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Banned android phones?? But we don't like s**tty iPhones .. this is gonna suck :(
32. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
how is in the nielsen article it says that htc is the third?? its the first!!
48. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
why.. htc thinks they are so cool that they can take apple in court.. they happily settled with microsoft over android devices but no.. not with apple.. so they should have to pay apple for infringing just like they do to microsoft
3. Sniggly (Posts: 7250; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
We'll see what happens. Bans can be overturned. Phones can be rereleased with software or hardware that works around the infringed upon patents. And Apple had better be very careful what bans it requests.
37. mills0806 (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
Apple is suing so many manufacturers it seems. Soon no one is going to be willing to make Apple products.
43. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Ironic considering how poor quality Android phones tend to be, so which one is the turd now?
50. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
androids are made of metal.. so they will sink and flush. apple is a fruity fruit.. so it will definitely be a floater.. so bad it takes more than 1 flush. :)
52. mindyrood (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)
Being as I had the iPhone first & hated it I went to the Samsung Epic.. Had it for over a year & have no broken it once... They are way more sturdy than iphones that's for sure!
5. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
i this goes through i will personally go find steve job's grave and pee on it. I don't see how creating a monopoly will help apple in the future. why can't they just take it like Madona and use the press to create revenue instead of trying to squelch all competition? how many times do they have to try to ban their only real competition before they can be stopped by some sort of ANTI-monopoly law...
6. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
apple is like a geek that became popular in high school but after time it became annoying to everyone and now its just trying to get attention but anyways i dont think htc phones will be ban, htc been making phone longer then apple i bet whatever apple us suing htc for, htc had on their phone four years ahead of apple
7. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
What a horrid precedent this would set. All kinds of litigation could drop from the skies if manufacturers believe they could get their competitors removed from the market. Even if the ITC rules in favor of Apple, a real possibility, there is no reason to assume they will automatically ban HTC. The ITC is full of moderately smart people, and they have to now the trap door they would open in the billion dollar mobile industry if they ban products. There is a very good chance that the ITC may just force restitution for the infringement, which is what Apple, HTC, Samsung and all the dozens of other suits should have been shooting for anyways.
27. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
MS and Google should put an offer into HP to buy the patents they got from Palm then we will see who makes the two major OSes.
8. bbblader (Posts: 588; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
remember that thing that steve jobs said about android copying ios and he will try to destroy android?yeah that wont happen
what should have been written on his grave:
since 5 years old he had never changed his kid attitude and only his techological mind grew.kind of cuz he stole everything
9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
God dammit Apple, I hope Motorola takes care of you!
12. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
This is a good thing. People will finally realize that apple is a colt, monopoly, anti-capitalist and most important, we prefer your money than satisfaction company. Can't wait till wp7-8 becomes a threat so apple can poke htc again but fail since bill gates will be defending them.
20. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
Like Steve said, "thermonuclear." HTC having too many issues with Android. Maybe its time to go full force Wp.
22. bloodline (Posts: 703; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
not gonna happen, they cant put htc sense on top of windows.
all windows phones run the same, at least you get diversity with android
24. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
if they ban HTC im going to be p*ssed because i have 2 EVOs still and they still perform just as good as the day i bought them over a year ago
25. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
its not going to be banned. A person on reddit in r/android found a patient that dates back to the 1980s that basically puts apple's case out to the paster. He has emailed google and HTC, getting replies from high ups in both companies. Down vote me all you will, but apple is going to have a hard time taking android from its nerd/programing community when it tries to lie its way to victory.
28. antifanboy (banned) (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)
People on here need to quit freaking out. Let's be realistic. All these companies (Apple, Samsung, HTC etc) are too big to be actually banned from an entire market. Everyone is suing everyone and in the end there will be some settlements and that will be the end of it.
30. hepresearch (unregistered)
Taking good high-demand products out of the hands of the consumers who would certainly have bought them, given the opportunity, is wrong and hurts the consumer. Forcing a company to stop selling their wares to their highest-volume (in this case, majority-volume) market is a kick in the teeth, and a potential death sentence, for that company. I did not like having to see Samsung go through this, and I do not want to see either Apple or HTC go through this either... consumers who have done their research and decided on what they want, and have been waiting for these products to be released in their market, will be highly disappointed and will have to look for alternatives that may not be as viable for their purposes.
33. paulyyd (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
when a company uses an OS like android that has blatantly copied patents that are found in iOS, then yes they deserved to be ban.
34. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
YOU KNOW WHAT APPLE WE LOVE ANDROIDS UM HOW ABOUT WE HAVE PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM WHIE YOU ONLY HAVE THAT ONE DANG PHONE! WHY WOULD I EVEN WANT TO GET A PHONE WHERE I HAVE TO PAY FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING!! PEOPLE JAILBREAK THEY iPHONES JUST SO THEY CAN HAVE THE FREEDOM THAT ANDROID USERS HAVE WITH THEY PHONES!! I LOVE MY HTC THEY ROCK...
HAVE YOU ALL SEEN THAT NEW MOVIE?
THE MOVIE WHEN ANDROID PUT THE IPHONE TO DEATH?
THAT MOVIE IS GREAT!!! LOL
36. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I LOVE TO YELL TOO!!! CAP LOCKS FOR THE WIN!!!
40. hepresearch (unregistered)
WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU... YELL LOUDER!
35. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
@PAULYYD NO ONE COPIED APPLE IF ANYTHING THEY COPIED ANDROID OS ANDROIDS OS WHERE OUT WAY BEFORE THAT DANG IOS SYSTEM ANDROID OS ORIGIONALLY STARTED ON PC'S BEFORE THEY COME TO PHONES! WHY DO PEOPLE STAND IN LINE FOR THOSE PHONES ANYWAYS?
39. hepresearch (unregistered)
Please... it's fairly rare that I meet an Android fan who spouts a painfully obvious lie. Not only that, but the all-caps talk is annoying. You are as bad as taco, Miz, gemini, iKing, gallito, etc... just at the polar-opposite end of the issue, and apparently even less articulate...
38. mills0806 (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
The only way Apple is going to be happy is by manufacturing its own products. Which they won't because it would lower there profit for a day. Considering how much money they have.
49. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Apple is afraid. Cause its loosing the battle.
51. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow, somehow this article nearly escaped me. HMMM..
mizzy your such a cute parody of a real person.. lol