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ITC to re-examine one out of four patents HTC accuses Apple of violating

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ITC to re-examine one out of four patents HTC accuses Apple of violating
Back in October, an ITC judge ruled that Apple did not infringe on four patents held by HTC relating to power management and phone dialing. On Friday, the ITC announced that it would take another look at one of the four patents. This means that the books are closed on the remaining three patents. HTC filed the countersuit back in May 2010, accusing Apple of using the patents in producing the Apple iPhone, Apple iPod and Apple iPad.  Apple had started the litigation with a complaint against the Taiwan based manufacturer. 

A final ruling on Apple's complaint against HTC is scheduled for this Monday after being postponed this past Wednesday. The original decision in that case was that HTC violated a pair of Apple's patents. When the original ruling was made in July, it was feared that it could lead to a ban on Android devices in the States. A spokesman for Apple repeated the company line  on Friday by saying, "competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Both Apple and HTC have various complaints lodged against the other with the ITC. In July, Apple had filed another complaint against HTC while the latter filed its third complaint against Apple in September, using patents given to the company by Google. In his biography, it was mentioned that the late Steve Jobs took a keen interest in his company's legal actions against HTC, feeling like the Taiwan company stole Apple inventions. HTC CEO Peter Chou called the whole thing "a distraction", positive that it will not affect HTC's business.

Apple and Samsung also have a similar legal tangle going on worldwide. Recently, a U.S. court refused Apple's request for a ban on Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets while a patent infringement trial is in progress.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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posted on 17 Dec 2011, 12:01 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

HTC could be hanging on by the slimmest of threads, but if they win, Apple could have a real problem.

Break out the popcorn and get comfy.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 14:03 2

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I smell an Apple bribe.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 15:05 1

3. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Candy coated apples? those are good!

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 17:26

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Candy-coated apples and popcorn - yumm! (Thumbup)

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 15:31 3

4. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

"competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours"

Apple should learn the definition of the work irony. We all know apple hasn't used anybody elses ideas. *cough* copy & past, voice services, multitasking *cough*

Maybe apple should try and innovate their way back to the smartphone lead.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 17:43 4

6. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Couph, couph. Voice services is copy pasting others ideas? I just discovered a week ago my 2006 phone has got a voice service: push to talk. Couph, couph. And when is multitasking of apple exact the same as android or others. It's totally different multitasking system then for example ICS. Even wp got a multitasking system. It's not because one got an idea others cannot use it. It's like saying the company that first got the idea of making an tv should only may use that idea. At least you should've talked About apple stole the notification system idea. Then you were, right. Althouth I saw this idea also on symbian. Couph, couph.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 20:26 1

7. bruisingfour (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

yes, I completely agree with you..on some counts.

just because you thougt of an idea shouldnt mean you are the only one that can use that idea, as long as you implement it in a different way. however patents should also not be awarded for blatently generic things either, like for example Apples patent to unlock a touch screen device by moving a picture...the only way you can unlock a touchscreen without having a phisical key to do it.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 02:46 2

8. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

Well thank you for your comment. I totally agree. Some things that they patent are just weird, and should not be patented. But apparantly the patent system grants that.

But this guy (14545) was talking about that apple copy pasted multitasking and voice services. First they have something completely different multitasking and voice service then their competitors. Obviously that guy didn't knew what he was talking about.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 19:04

9. audiblenarcotic (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

Hunter (I refuse to call you taco, haha) I think what he was actually trying to state was that copy& paste was a feature that they stole, not that they copy and pasted other features. It was part of the list of things he was saying. That being said, something as generic as copy and paste isn't something that should rightfully be patented. Then again neither should slide to unlock. So i guess by the same standards that slide to unlock is considered an apple pattent then they should also be at fault for stealing the patents on copy and paste and other stupid things. Either way I think most of this patent litigation is ridiculous. Motorola and Nokia are probably the only ones who actually have real patents infringed on and its from pretty much all other companies.

Having said all of that, I hope that Apple loses every single patent war that they are involved in because they are the ones who started all of this nonsense in the first place. You reap what you sow.


posted on 19 Dec 2011, 04:00

10. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

What should something as simple as copy paste be patented? Every computer got copy paste. This guy also talked about multitask and voice service steal also. So he didn't knew a single thing he talked about. It's not that you see one stupid patent that all their patents are stupid. Google also made a patent of an unlock feature so you're info is low if you can't compare to others. Or do at least some more research.

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