HTC sues Apple over patent infringement

HTC sues Apple over patent infringement
It seems to be getting way out of hand now with all of the back and forth lawsuits being filed between cell phone manufacturers, as this time HTC is going after Apple claiming they infringed on 3 of their patents.

HTC just filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of Delaware. We aren’t sure what the 3 patents that Apple is being accused of infringing upon are, but we know that they have to do with the iPhone, the iPad and Mac computers. According to Reuters, HTC is even seeking triple damages for what HTC is calling willful infringement. HTC is also said to be seeking compensatory damages.

It was just last month that Apple won their latest case against HTC when the Taiwanese based manufacturer was found guilty of infringing upon 2 of their patents; a verdict that HTC has already said will be appealed.

While these lawsuits may be getting out of hand, this is what happens with big time companies who are in a fight for global supremacy. This most certainly will not be the last time that a lawsuit is filed between the two giants. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: Reuters  

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75 Comments

1. Deluxe unregistered

I almost wouldn't have a problem if htc won simply over how apple has been over patents lol.

2. Moo unregistered

Eats sweet and salty popcorn and paces himself

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I’m so sick of everyone bashing Apple for simply protecting their intellectual properties. All companies have rights! This is why lawsuits go to court. The courts decide who is right in these cases. If Apple or HTC doesn’t have a case then they will loss in the courts thereby wasting their time and money. I agree that all the back and forth lawsuits are getting out of hand. With that said, companies need to spend more time performing the necessary research before product development. Its the basic idea behind the product development life cycle.

4. Deluxe unregistered

I agree companies should protect what they have made, but apple appears to be trying with all their might to beat the competition with court cases...not a better product.

5. breathlesstao unregistered

Their intellectual properties? I don't wholly see that valid - just because you're the first to run to patent offices (many times with ridiculously vague-arse claims), you're not necessarily the one who invented something. No, this is more like what happens when offices grant the vaguest patents to monsters like crapple.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Did Apple have the right to tamper with evidence and effectively commit perjury in order to "defend their IP?"

8. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

@Sniggy.... Whats happening bro! In regards to your comment I really feel like Apple crossed the line if they falsified the document. They need to be brought to justice! @breathlesstao, Again... I stand by my comment in regards to letting the courts decide. If they have no leg to stand on then they will loss in court. Thats what the court is there for. @Deluxe, Yes, Apple seems to be sue happy lately. It is a bit annoying. But your comment is a contradiction. Apple has the right to protect their properties but they have to be selective?

21. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apples-German-court-filings-made-the-Samsung-Galaxy-Tab-10.1-look-more-identical-to-the-iPad-2-than-it-is_id21244 Apple's German court filings made the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 look more identical to the iPad 2 than it is read this and you will understand.... all my respect to apple has vanished

22. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Dude... your like the 5th person to post on this. I agree and think if Apple knowingly did this they deserve to loss customers and have legal action be brought upon them

46. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hey Dave! Not much, just at work, with sporadic periods of nothing to do! :) I'm happy to see that you acknowledge when Apple does something wrong, even when you use their products. You're one of my favorites here.

9. theduder unregistered

"If Apple or HTC doesn’t have a case then they will lose in the courts thereby wasting their time and money." And just what do you think happens when they lose a case? How do you think they pay for that? It comes out of your wallet, you the consumer. Let's not forget wasted tax dollars on those judges that must preside over the case. Many of these lawsuits are valid, but many are also frivolous which waste a lot of peoples time and resources.

15. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Only Partially true, This isn’t a government issue so the tax payer doesn’t pay a dime. Where we pay is in the product cost. Costs can go up to cover a company’s legality. In addition, this is why cases get evaluated before they go into any kind of trial. So there are no frivolous lawsuits. Are you saying that a company shouldn't protect their intellectual properties?

24. theduder unregistered

"Are you saying that a company shouldn't protect their intellectual properties?" Where did I say that? I do not see that in my comment. "Many of these lawsuits are valid, but many are also frivolous which waste a lot of peoples time and resources." "This isn’t a government issue so the tax payer doesn’t pay a dime. Where we pay is in the product cost. Costs can go up to cover a company’s legality." I don't think you understand the system very well. How do you think company A issues a lawsuit against company B? It is through the court system. The courts are paid for by tax dollars plain and simple. There is nothing to even argue about here.

29. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I didnt say you said anything... I was asking you a question. I am not entirely knoweldgable with how the leagal system is funded. If I am wrong then I stand corrected.

45. confused unregistered

I think that companies should be able to protect their intellectual property from theft. IMO making a similar looking product with the similar features is not theft. Reverse engineering is not theft. What Apple is doing is trying to stifle competition. Truthfully lawsuits such as these should be viewed as anti-competitive behavior and cause for sanctions from the government.

20. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

That's what Jon R. said in the Ask The Buffalo.

53. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

A lot of times, law suits aren't just about protecting IP's, but really just strategies to slow down competitors. Sometimes, he who has bigger pocket, wins sometimes.

54. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

This man speaks the truth. Perhaps if Android would stop trying to "copy" Apple and be innovative, we wouldn't have all these patent lawsuits. HTC just wants a piece of the Apple Pie because they know the Android desserts is filled with bugs lol.

7. ilia1986 unregistered

Eat this Apple! Eat it!! Eat it!!!!!

12. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Your're right, HTC bit the Apple!!!

55. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL, Apple has enough money to "bankrupt" HTC out of business. Apple could buy HTC and kill HTC phones. Apple has enough money to do as they please, so I think you just ate your own words.

73. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Good night, go and take yourself a nap and stop posting nonsense.

10. Dujai R.

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

Fresh off the google- moto deal to protect the android ecosystem HTC changes from "Just play fair" to growing a pair of balls to go at apple.. Funny ain't

11. keen observer unregistered

"Back and forth lawsuits"? I think it's mainly forth

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@davecann2. I think we all know Apple wasn't simply protecting it's IP's here. They were trying to bring down Android by attacking the OEM's instead of Google themselves. Now the OEM's are fighting back and it's starting to look like Apple may have falsified evidence to ban Android products too. That doesn't sound like a company that just wanted to protect itself.

17. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yes, I agree... If Apple knowingly falsified document in the legal system they should absolutely be held accountable. Your comments are definitely valid and respected but mostly opinionated. I see your point and practically agree with it. But where Apple has my vote is that they proving themselves in the court system with the exception of the Samsung lawsuit.

14. Moo unregistered

Apple falsify? They are infallible. And never stole a freight train. When they poo roses come out. ipoo

16. Carolvs unregistered

For all of You defending Apple: Let's think of this scenario. Say I own a company, named "Bananas Life Systems" and I patent "a method for interaction of human lungs with air" being as broad as Apple's patents... My rebreathers don't get sold as much as I want to so I sue not only the other rebreather makers, but eventually everyone who breathes because they are "infringing" my patent... Is all this logical to you or do you find it unethical as I do?

18. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Your argument is lame. I bet you even dis the iPhone 4 for not having 4g. Knowing that the iphone 4 is over a year old and carriers didnt even have 4g over a year ago. Not to mention that only the past several months has 4g phones started to arrive. Sorry = Fail

30. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Sprint had it for awhile before that.

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