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Delaware Federal Court Orders HTC and Apple To Meet For Settlement Talks in August

I think it goes without saying that this whole patent “he said, she said” legal business has gotten a bit out of hand lately. Apparently, the US District for the District of Delaware agrees with the sentiment, and have ordered HTC and Apple to meet and talk about a potential settlement. It’s not clear if the CEO’s of said companies will make an appearance, with the court order only mentioning lawyers and “decision makers” from the appropriate parties. The meetings will be moderated by Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon, and are scheduled to take place on August 28th. Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Apple and their legal team.

[FossPatents | TheVerge]


  • Alex

    Meeting is Aug 28. So what no EVO LTE until then?

    • ColtonWalker

      no it will be in stores before then

  • Pun

    Apple needs to calm down. Are they getting scared of the up n coming phone companies. If they are; they should be.

  • TimTheK

    F Apple. And F Patents too.

    • Covert_Death

      patents are one of the best things this world has, it protects inventions to the original owner.

      the US patent SYSTEM is what needs to be scrapped. if i invent perpetual motion tomorrow you better bet your ass i’m going to patent it. what i SHOULDN’T be able to do is patent something as lamen as clicking a link in a message and choosing what opens it

      • Aslan Bollin

        youd probably invent perpetual motion tomorrow, apply for the patent and be sued because some patent squater already patented the IDEA.

      • TimTheK

        Well, I disagree with you on patents in general but I won’t debate that here. What I will say is that “software patents” have no place in this world. At all. Period.

  • DavidVarghese

    As long as I get me EVO next week, I’ll be fine. :)

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  • vivinnerjo

    Why August? Why not know? Have no information regarding comments or objections from HTC. Are Apple’s statements correct?

    The “patent” is so vague that almost every electronic device/vendor should be blocked. And that can’t be right.

    Patent Number 5946647
    “A system and method causes a computer to detect and perform actions on
    structures identified in computer data. The system provides an analyzer
    server, an application program interface, a user interface and an action
    processor. The analyzer server receives from an application running
    concurrently data having recognizable structures, uses a pattern
    analysis unit, such as a parser or fast string search function, to
    detect structures in the data, and links relevant actions to the
    detected structures. The application program interface communicates with
    the application running concurrently, and transmits relevant
    information to the user interface. Thus, the user interface can present
    and enable selection of the detected structures, and upon selection of a
    detected structure, present the linked candidate actions. Upon
    selection of an action, the action processor performs the action on the
    detected structure.”