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Apple sues HTC again to target more patents

updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed June 23, 2010

Apple claims HTC violates two more patents

Apple has expanded on its original lawsuit against HTC by suing it again for additional patent claims. In addition to two patents already included in the original complaint but re-submitted due to errors, two previously unmentioned patents have now been factored in. The new suit adds patents covering the concept of adapting the UI to real-time display changes; the modified patents involve the slide-to-unlock motion as well as a power management technique for processors.

The expansion reinforces Apple's intent to clamp down on HTC, which many believe is ultimately a proxy target the company is using to get at Google and curb the growth of Android. The Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, Nexus One and other most important Android phones are all made by HTC, and a successful lawsuit or an ITC trade ban could force HTC to pay royalties to keep doing business

HTC has already countered Apple with complaints of its own, likely in an attempt to force a settlement before any trade ban could take effect. [via PriorSmart]

by MacNN Staff



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  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good for Apple

    Time to shut down these copy cats.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @slappy are you joking

    What copy cats, HTC is a manufacturer of cell phones with licensing agreements with Microsoft & other relationships with OS makers like Google.

    Yes, Apple is being sued by Nokia over patent violations, yes Nokia has asked the trade commision to shut Apple down over patent violations.

    I don't want companies like Apple and Nokia shutting down commerce over the absurd overly broad patent system.

    You toss out a word like copy cats, as if HTC was some clone maker - they aren't selling iOS 4 phones, that would be a horrible violation and I'd like to think someone would act quickly on something like that.

    But to use the term "copy cat" which we would normally use to talk about a knock-off or clone maker...and to use it against an HTC, or a Google, Nokia, Apple, Microsoft, etc. would be absurd, you can't build a phone without it having an OS, an antenna, a battery - etc...with literally thousands of ideas that the government, in its brilliant wisdom, granted someone a patent on.

    The system is meant to foster creativity and protect investment, but instead the system is a big mess that stifles competition and - if patent violators were shutdown, then Microsoft and Apple would have been shut down long ago, they've both lost patent lawsuits in the past.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Which many believe..."

    Or it could be that having a patent means you can protect what makes your product truly sweet. For that to occur, you need to actively defend your products patented features. Otherwise, you risk loosing the edge that keeps your product in demand, and therefore reduced profit over time. Generally a bad thing for a business.
    The fact that it is Android based products makes it strangely exempt from such patent infringement claims?
    I imagine additional suits would be filed eventually against any company marketing a phone OS perceived as infringing.

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  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I see your infringements, and I raise you an additional claim.

    Anyone feel this like a game of cards? My dad actually has a couple of patents he got for motorola, and he says the way these proceedings generally work is each company just piles up all of their patents, and who ever has the biggest stack wins.....

    GO APPLE!!

  1. flip2428

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    if you cant beat um, sue um

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  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No joke

    HTC is nothing but a copy cat trying to get a free ride from Apple. So sue HTC and shut them down.

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