Apple wins round in patent dispute against HTC

The U.S. International Trade Commission has given Apple a victory in its patent dispute against Android mobile phone maker HTC. News.com reports that the ITC has ruled that HTC has violated two of the patents that are owned by Apple. The two patents in question deal with a "system and method for performing an action on a structure in a computer" and a "real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data." Apple filed a complaint against HTC over 10 patents back in March 2010.

HTC has already announced it will be appealing the ITC's decision, saying, "This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings." Apple choose to refer to a previous statement from its CEO Steve Jobs in the case, where he said, "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

This decision is a major loss for HTC. If it loses the appeal it will have to make some kind of settlement deal with Apple. It could also affect the Android operating system in general. The article states that the patents that are under dispute "make up the core of Android's operating system, and could have repercussions on all Android handset manufacturers."

Earlier this week, Apple filed yet another patent dispute against HTC, claiming that the company had violated five more Apple patents. Earlier this month, HTC announced that it was acquiring S3 Graphics. The move was made in part to secure patents owned by S3 Graphics that a court had already said were violated by Apple.

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stevan said,

We get it, you hate Apple, but somehow I don't think Steve Jobs will loose any sleep over it.

I am a proud owner of their stock and have been enjoying seeing my investment grow like a bamboo tree.


He won't lose any sleep over it, and bamboo is not a tree.

stevan said,

We get it, you hate Apple, but somehow I don't think Steve Jobs will loose any sleep over it.

I am a proud owner of their stock and have been enjoying seeing my investment grow like a bamboo tree.

Good for you: you continue to make money off of a corrupt company that has now retracted from contributing to the technological industry by, instead of creating things, patenting ideas and innovations that were not even their own. Apple's the new Exxon Mobile: it just makes money while doing nothing but suing the superior competition.

What is stolen, what is common discovery, invention, what is shared in these modern times where information is accessible in such a way that it participates more than ever in the unfolding of knowledge ? Behind patents there is often the quibbling path to combat competition, I believe, though I admit not always.

Steve Jobs said ""We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Steve should have been a comedian

TechJunkie81 said,
Steve Jobs said ""We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Steve should have been a comedian

Yeah, not to mention he's a hypocrite for saying that...considering the new notification system for iOS 5 is ripped off from Android. It's becoming increasingly difficult to come up with new ideas without infinging on something, I think the patent system is long over due an overhaul to better reflect the times. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

How can people when they never created the original process all they did was patent it. This is how you snuff out competition.

For the sake of the entire industry some new law student(s) needs to take this patent system and Apple as an example as high up the ladder for either cancellation or very short expiry dates on these things cause it's just ridiculous. It's not about who done it first it's about who done it best.

For now I think someone should patent a black background on a mobile device if they want to make a wealthy income.

Digitalx said,
"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

How can people when they never created the original process all they did was patent it. This is how you snuff out competition.

For the sake of the entire industry some new law student(s) needs to take this patent system and Apple as an example as high up the ladder for either cancellation or very short expiry dates on these things cause it's just ridiculous. It's not about who done it first it's about who done it best.

For now I think someone should patent a black background on a mobile device if they want to make a wealthy income.

Thats all very well except when its Nokia, Motorola or Samsung sueing Apple people on here are suddenly infavour of patents. Amazing.

evo_spook said,

Thats all very well except when its Nokia, Motorola or Samsung sueing Apple people on here are suddenly infavour of patents. Amazing.

And when Microsoft demands money for each Android phone sold from HTC, Samsung... people here cheer and justify Microsoft as defending their patents ,that no one know what they are.

alexalex said,
And when Microsoft demands money for each Android phone sold from HTC, Samsung... people here cheer and justify Microsoft as defending their patents ,that no one know what they are.

1. Explain how licensing is forcing small companies out of the market, and not only cutting their profit by a small (yes, small) margin (margins that wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the license).

2. Explain how Microsoft would benefit from keeping companies using their licenses out of the market.

Suing != licensing

i don't think this will pass, what does apple want android to do? revert to a barely usable interface? it's not like google will totally redo android just to please them... that's unless ice cream is something revolutionary?

i don't like what apple is doing here and i do not support them. this is only being done because they know android is basically gaining marketshare everyday.

smooth3006 said,
i don't think this will pass, what does apple want android to do? revert to a barely usable interface? it's not like google will totally redo android just to please them... that's unless ice cream is something revolutionary?

i don't like what apple is doing here and i do not support them. this is only being done because they know android is basically gaining marketshare everyday.

You forgot what Microsoft is doing (HTC, Samsung...), what Oracle is doing, and soon RIM and Sony will join too.

alexalex said,

You forgot what Microsoft is doing (HTC, Samsung...), what Oracle is doing, and soon RIM and Sony will join too.

i don't support any of these lawsuits. and as far as RIM i do not see them around anymore in the near future. their about as irrelevant as webos is.

smooth3006 said,
i guess google should sue apple for integrating the notifications in ios5.

So should Microsoft for the whole way to view both active and passive content in the camera viewfinder seeing as Microsoft own the patent on it.

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