Apple scores limited victory against HTC

Apple scores limited victory against HTC
In the ongoing sue-fest between Apple and HTC, Apple was handed a limited victory today by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which could theoretically result in the banning of some handsets. In strategic terms it may be a larger victory for HTC and the Android ecosystem, as the ITC only endorsed a limited view of the sweep of Apple’s patent.

HTC announced via email that they already have a work-around solution to avoid what is known as the ‘647 patent, which is relates to letting a quick-contact pop up occur when a user clicks on an email address or phone number.

That means that no HTC phones will actually stop shipping. Apple may choose to try and challenge HTC’s work-around, claiming they are still in violation, but that would take several more months to get a ruling. Strategically, the fact that the ITC only upheld a narrow view of the ‘647 patent means that Android in general will probably not be negatively impacted by the ruling, especially with changes to this specific technology already seen in the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android.

So Apple wins a small battle, but hasn’t made much progress in the war. Don’t fret, we can surely expect more rulings to be handed down on both sides in the coming months.

And years…

source: FOSS Patents and BGR

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31 Comments

1. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

scoree

2. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. Justice has been served, ban HTC devices since they're violating copyright.

3. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Wow I guess you can't read very well. HTC will not be ban because none of the current HTC device are running 1.6 to 2.2 beside the thunderbolt. If you happen to read other sources. Nice try troll.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

hey they will read one source and take its word...just like how they were dissing android for ciq,when also ios also used it lol

5. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

LOL EPIC FAIL

8. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Patents are not copyrights. Troll harder broseph.

16. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

just because apple was officially one of the first "smartphone" manufacturers doesn't mean it can copyright (or pattent) things like a touchscreen.. right now Apple is just drowning other manufacturers in red tape. i'm pretty sure they know that when it comes down to it they won't win this war. and i feel like i can't stress enough that i think this whole war is silly. Apple and Android cater to wildly different demographics...and we should all embrace the competition that will drive down prices and skyrocket innovation. why anyone would oppose...

26. GeekMovement unregistered

so stupid... honestly. wow.

4. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

this is just like the time apple got samsung devices ''banned'' in the netherlands and apple fans were happy when all that happened was samsung changed a few codes about and NEVER got banned....samething going to happen hear,apple fans cry for joy that htc is banned from april but htc changes a few codes and guess what? not single htc device gets stopped from being sold.

7. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

yeah but they were still found guilty of stealing patents from apple and legally banned from selling products which is hilarious ;)

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

again they got "banned" technically but it didn't actual them from selling the product...now if they stopped the sale of the products then its a real ban...the fact that HTC has over 2 month to fix the infringement and seems like they all ready have a work around looks like HTC will continue on selling its devices so its no real harm...stealing is not the right term...they just happened to infring just like apple also happened to infringe on moto...you could create something right now thinking its your original idea when most likely you are probably infringing on patents that don't mean you stole it now does it...it is almost impossible in today's world to create something original without having some sort of infringement.....

12. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

i voted you down by accident. sorry

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

no problem

11. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

why is it hilarious? patent theft has been around since the dawn of patents. there isnt a tech company out there that doesnt build on the ideas of others. its called innovation. it wasnt until more recently that the circle jerking litigation became so prevalent,

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Best way for HTC owners to get an ICS upgrade, as it appears that ICS does not infringe the one patent that was upheld.... Potentially a happy day for HTC owners and owners-to-be.

24. UltraElectroMagneticPOP

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Man, that was what I was thinking about! With only older versions of android infringing the patent, it would force htc to update every phone's firmware! But then, froyo and earlier versions only. So does that mean gingerbread phones would not be affected?

9. tkofkc

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Rejoice ye Apple Dweebs, Lord Jobs has given thee righteous vindication against that which would hail itself supreme. Let not their contacts populate in a manor set forth by our master, All praise the Jobs.

13. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I will say this AGAIN, when Motorola is done with APPLE for infringing on real patients, we all will see Apple sheep mope and cry about its not right and not fair.

18. ilia1986 unregistered

Amen to that brother. I want to see the White Death exterminated!!

14. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

It is funny that they threw 10 patent at them and only one stick. And if people know anything it is over hyperlink in email and in text message dealing with phone number. This was a patent in 1999. It was for computer but smartphone are mini computer.

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

There are people out there fighting our country, freedom. And this is what Apple wants to fight about? Go to hell Apple... I guess the death of Steve Jobs wasnt enough... too soon?

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Done haters... you guys hate Apple and do not miss a beat to what Apple does... lol I was going to post sooner but this was too good to miss.. Apple is here to stay... and remember... 2 modifications to the iphone and is game over android... so the ones crying and whinning like fandroids will be you guys... raise my glass ( not plastic ..dont care how durable it is )and toast with the Apple Army...

25. tkofkc

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Raise ye Apple dweebs and join our brother gallitoking in a toast. Let us drink the Kool-aid given to us by the Steve. A toast in the words the elder RIM has taught us 'Sue unto others before others can sue unto you'. Let us hold true our beliefs that no one shall bring another platform before the Jobs and that his handset reigns supreme; for memory shall not to be expanded nor batteries replaced and that his proprietary power connection is the only true design. Drink we now together and fandriods cast aside, for we pursue the path of the fallen Palm and the prophet RIM. Let us stand together as we stand in line at the temples of white and march blindly into the sea.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that was made all the funnier by the profile picture.. lol

27. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

agree apple is not going anywhere and dont think android or goiigle is going to go anywhere anytime soon...have a toast but dont drop the glass we all know what happens

21. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Me fApple!Me want more monei! I sue everythink! iStupid! btw I misspelled on purpose

22. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

For as long as the touchscreen has been around, the patent in this dispute has also been around. So what happened here- did Apple buy the patent from the original owner? They sure did not develop it. But then the patent system is messed up, hence this...

23. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

For as long as the touchscreen has been around, the patent in this dispute has also been around. So what happened here- did Apple buy the patent from the original owner? They sure did not develop it. But then the patent system is messed up, hence this...

29. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

who made the first touchscreen phone any way?

31. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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