Apple calls out HTC's entire One series in its third ITC complaint

Apple calls out HTC's entire One series in its third ITC complaint
Just when things just started to turn around for HTC and its latest smartphones in the US, they are being hit with a third complaint from Apple regarding alleged patent infringements. As we’re all too familiar by now, HTC has been in the hot seat of late with its latest device, as Apple sought out to ban sales of specific smartphones in the US with a complaint to the International Trade Commission.

Well folks, the saga continues as Apple quietly rolled out a third complaint to the ITC on June 4th! At heart, this new filing is still calling out HTC’s violation of patents regarding “data tapping.” Very recently, HTC began selling the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE after they mentioned that they modified the software so that it didn’t infringe upon Apple’s patents.

However, it appears as though Apple still believes that HTC is still infringing on the patents – despite HTC’s claims of not doing it anymore. Therefore, this third complaint to the ITC takes aim on a wider range of HTC devices (29 to be exact) – including the beloved One series. If the complaint is validated by the ITC, we could potentially see yet another lengthy ban of HTC devices being imported into the country.

No doubt, it’s going to hurt HTC if this latest complaint goes through, but in the end, it’s simply consumers who will be affected most. So what do you think about all of this? If anyone is seriously thinking about getting any of the One series smartphones, you’d better snag on the chance now.

source: FOSS patents via Phonescoop

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132 Comments

132. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

APPLE! LEAVE THE TAIWANESE COMPANY AND SAMSUNG ALONE! LET THEM OFF YOU COWARDLY BULLY!

130. romeo1

Posts: 829; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

apple is the worst brand their iphone 4s should be a "high end phone" but compared to the androids its a low end phone. for example take a look at the xperia u also a 3.5inch screen it has a dual core and there are more low end phones that are almost on the level of the iphone 4s

123. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Ok Apple just claim you invented the cell phone and sue everybody. I used to give you some credit for coming up with an easy to use smartphone but now you are just scared of competition. Innovate not litigate.

107. TechnoMichael unregistered

goto android central and it shows that apple is also calling out the gs3 -_-

106. Iphone4 unregistered

i think S3 is next

104. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

Not again, apple just needs to quit with all this bafoonery, It's making them look desperate

108. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

LOL!!! That's because they are desperate!!!

96. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Come on Apple, it's not HTC that does the "data tapping" but instead is Google and Android. You really REALLY need to change how you operate and accept the fact that there is competition and that you'd be nothing without competition. If it wasn't for competition, then there wouldn't be a drive for innovation and we probably wouldn't have as advanced devices like the iPhone 4S, GS3, and HTC One X. I'm getting tired of Apple being the way that they are, and was hoping that they'd be a bit more relaxed once Tim Cook took over, but it seems as though things have gotten worse with him.

93. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is a win for Microsoft and feature phone OEMs. Every lawsuit that ties up an Android device and will only breed disdain for Apple! You think the experts who love Apple's products aren't getting tired of writting the same old "Apple sue HTC, Motorola, and Samsung AGAIN" type articles? Its not just the nerds anymore because as Michael H said in a previous article, we are everyone's "tech guy". You keep block the tech we want, eventually we will block the customers you want. And it would be deliberate, they woul just see the strong dislike when people say the name Apple! Even now I can't talk about the Apple devices I like and even have purchased without first SMH and uttering the words "I f*cking HATE Apple". They are soooo despicable as a company now that even iOS loyalists are saying "Not this again" (thank you for you comments darkside +1) It's not about people hating on, being jealous of, or being anti Apple. People are just anti-a$$hole for the most part and their going to take aim at the biggest a$$holes. Guess who has been the number one a$$hole since around 2009?

82. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

So what Apple thinks everyone who was planning on getting a HTC one phone will buy an iPhone now? HA if I can't have my EVO LTE, then hello gs111.

84. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Just cross your fingers and hope that gs3 doesn't get bullied by Apple.

86. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

it most likely will. the sad part is, in all honesty, i never had a problem with apple, yea the iphone wasn't for me, and i always had windows desktop. but i never knocked apple, but with all this stuff going on I have grown to hate apple now. Its really sickening to watch all this b.s

92. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

As someone who is in the industry, definitely hold out for the Galaxy S III.

73. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

And what is more infuriating is that while Apple uses and abuses the US court system more than anyone, it flat out refuses to pay any taxes to contribute to it. http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/06/03/protesters -target-apple-tax-cheat

80. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

why is it infuriating.. do they wake u up at night. do they prevent you from living. what is it that is infuriating?...

81. hepresearch unregistered

I made no money this past tax year... none. Yet, I paid $12 in taxes, which my Dad graciously covered even though he struggles to pay his own taxes, and even as our mortgage company has announced that our remaining mortgage balance will be due in-full next month. Apple made billions, and paid no taxes at all. Hilarious! Now, try asking me again why I have trouble sleeping at night...

87. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Sorry hepresearch, that really does suck! Many people are having a tough time right now and it would only help us ALL if companies like Apple, Google, JP Morgan Chase, and others would just do what is morally right! I don't want to get into politics because that usually doesn't end well on PA, but we can't keep supporting companies that will not support the land that makes them insanely rich. We as people are approved to being invaded by any kind of parasites, so why can't we see these companies as the parasites they are to this country. Even when they donate to "charity" they write it of in taxes, so WE pay for that too! G- King, it isn't all about who keeps you up at night. It's more about who is helping contribute to this countries well being and so far, it just us. The working middle class and the poor, who will soon become one and the same if we keep letting these companies drain us dry!

99. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@whateverman "G- King, it isn't all about who keeps you up at night. It's more about who is helping contribute to this countries well being and so far, it just us. The working middle class and the poor, who will soon become one and the same if we keep letting these companies drain us dry!" I agreed... but hating at Apple doesn't resolve things.. we are surrounded but greedy companies, politicians.. but fandroids always points the finger at Apple... Apple didn't wrote the laws and certainly doesn't do taxes..

103. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No they don't write the laws, but they do a great job with navigating the loopholes. Ask yourself this question, if everyone knows that Cupertino is where Apple is based...why do they base their taxes on a Nevada address? And why are the uninhabitable deserts of Nevada such a magnet for all the big US companies? Check out the loopholes that exist in that state when you get a chance. And when it comes to taxes, I've said mant times that Google is no better. Apple just makes the most noise which earns it more attention.

116. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I will answer you with a story.. my 8 year-old daughter is always trying to see what can she get away with... testing me... is my job as a parent to keep her under wraps.. is not her fault. I believe... cant blame her for trying...back to Apple. Apple is just wanting to see what can they get away with.. is like a player in football is flagged for an illegal hit and still yells at the ref knowing it was intentional.. same here... Apple is just keeping Android from getting comfortable.. think twice about releasing a device.. because Apple is watching... is all about mind games

125. hepresearch unregistered

No one has been able to make Apple think twice... except maybe Microsoft, but now they're on the same team, it would seem.

94. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok so the world is not fair.. sorry to burst your bubble.. I understand about the taxes. but why blame Apple or any other company for doing that.. if you really want a change.. then you are barking at the wrong Apple tree.. that's all I am saying,.. and now since you understood the question please explain Jmoita2.. he is a bit slow

124. hepresearch unregistered

Yes, this world is not fair. However, America has long been a place where people at least had the power to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and become more if they desired to... however, I find that I am no longer in a position to do what my parents and their parents did. I live with a tortured, progressive version of that same system today, and in its new form I am getting kicked while I am down. This isn't about fairness anymore... this is about the ability to survive once you have been knocked down. I have been known to get a bit into politics on here in the past, and I will avoid being one sided here, especially because I feel that both sides of this issue have equally-reprehensible problems... I believe in the system as it was originally intended, but the people we pick to send into the cogs and wheels to drive that system are more and more broken all the time. And yes; for me to sit here and complain is rather hipocritical... when there are problems in governance of any kind, whether civic or corporate, it is the voters/consumers/stock-holders who ought to take a good long look in the mirror, and that includes me. However, I am waking up to the facts that are before me, and I am realizing the nature of this awful situation that we are in, collectively as a society. We have allowed bureaucrats and corporations to rule over us with fearful and ruthless power, and even to change how we think and perceive the world around us. As far as I'm concerned, a government that says I will be fined (taxed) for not having health insurance even if I made no money... just because I am alive and breathing... is not much different from a corporation that is motivated by absolute greed to "grind the faces of the poor", and to "dig a pit for their neighbor". Apple, although doing many of the same things that other corporations do, is leading the way in its example of breaking the back of labor in China for pennies on the dollar, designing its products to sell like oil or diamonds, like an essential or priceless commodity, killing its enemies by gradual subterfuge, and treating its customers like crack-addicts. I can't afford their crack... I can hardly afford to put food on the dinner table, and I have no options for bettering myself as I am ineligible for student aid or loans, will be ineligible for medicaid when I get a job and not have health insurance, and will have to pay the IRS for not having health insurance just because I am alive. Thank goodness I might have some money by then to pay them so they don't cart me off to prison for tax evasion. You remind us that life is not fair, and that is true, but you fail to mention that for some, life is a lot more fair because they are privileged to be in, and stoop to the abuse of, excessive power. So, to borrow and paraphrase a line from George Orwell, "All [people] are equal, but some [people] are more 'equal' than others"...

69. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The ITC needs to impose fines for bogus complaints, and damages for holdups on items which are later found not to be infringing. Stiff, heavy fines and penalties.

67. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If you think about it - for every person that switches from an iphone, that is a loss of money via itunes. Just wait until the new Google tablet comes out....

70. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Way to go, networkdood!!!

77. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the same was said about the Samsung tablets... and nothing so far... well at least fandroids are still optimistic after so many tablet busts...

83. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, just like with smartphones, we're confident that Android OEMs will figure it out. As I recall, iFans were on the opposite side if that argument. I remember comments like, "Android will never outsell iOS, its too buggy and laggy." Of course, from then, the goalposts got constantly moved. Once Android surpassed iOS, then it became about apps - Android didn't have any apps. Eventually, it just became about excuses why Android was overwhelmingly winning. Price, number of models, etc... Luckily, along came tablets. Now, they can fall back on tablets sales, and completely deflect from the fact that twice as many people choose an Android phone over an iOS phone. Then they can pretend that Apple cane up with the idea of a smart stylus out of the blue. And it was a Steve Jobs eureka moment that brought a bigger screen to the iPhone. And that there was never a touchscreen smartphone with rows if icons before the second coming in 2007.

85. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You really love bringing up the fact that Android tablets don't sell as well as the iPad. Go ahead, be proud that's all fine. Besides I bought an iPad as well. But here's what you have to remember. For every Android tablet sold, be it a hit or a bust... Apple looses money. Not just on the ipad that wasn't purchased, but as Networkdood so brilliantly pointed out, they are loosing money on iTunes also. The 30% the developers have to pay. The unnecessary upgrads Mac user have to pay to run these idevices, and for every decent experience someone has with an Android tablet increases the possibility of that customer moving completely to Google's ecosystem. Apple will eventually get around to suing Asus sooner or later. The Transformer 300 may not be the biggest seller, but its getting notices. And if Asus gets smart enough to throw some money into marketing it's line of tablets, Apple will feel that hit. Say what you want about Android tablets being a bust...but as an iPad owner, I'm getting bored and my iPad is getting SLOW. it can't even keep up with me typing this very sentence. My iPad is making that Asus look really good right now, and I know I'm not the only iPad user who thinks so.

91. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@whateverman.. I didn't brought it up it was networkdumb who did... saying the nexus tablet will be the ones.. just tired of that argument.. I wish they wait to see if it sells before running their mouth.... but yes you are right... that's why the next ipad.. should bring more to the table.. but Apple wouldn't do big upgrades and redesign if the other tablets don't challenge them....

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