HTC Guilty of Infringing on Two of Apple’s Patents in ITC Ruling


While the attention in recent weeks has mostly been focused on Apple’s suit against Samsung, the International Trade Commission has been overseeing a separate patent infringement case involving HTC. The ITC has just handed down their ruling, and of the ten patents in question HTC was found guilty of infringing upon two. Two out of ten might not seem so bad, but it’s enough to give Apple power to block the future sale of new HTC devices in the US. That outcome, however, is unlikely. HTC will pay the piper a sum that will probably remain undisclosed, and business will continue as usual.

[via Engadget]

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  1. Again, seriously, to HELL with Apple and to HELL with the Patent Office.

  2. I wonder which two patents?

    1. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.”

      U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263 on a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.”

  3. I’m guessing one of the patents is the “Slide to Unlock”

    1. Actually, it’s called “Pull my Finger”.

  4. [MODERATED] APPLE! Android for LIFE!!!
    *waits for 30+ likes*

    1. Dont u know…….Aint no such thing as Halfway crooks

      1. Apple ain’t a crook son, Apple’s just a shook one.

      1. no other big time company can i actually say i hate. Apple just caused me to go from dislike, to full blown hate. i like that video ^^

    2. LoL!!
      I had to, though I feel unworthy to comment on this awesome post.

    3. Theyre new last second business model seems to be stealing from the smaller companies that make products that could put fapple out of business! Gone from the computer to the courtroom…

    4. Ya dude FUCK APPLE!!! Leave HTC alone, they make better phones and actually care about their customers. Apple and Mr. Jobs can lick my balls!!!

  5. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data”
    U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263 on a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data”

    from a comment on engadget.

    i think its bull crap. how can you even patent this kind of stuff?

    1. wow…seriously..???

    2. what the hell does that mean and how can you patent something like that. also how does patents work. do you have a certain amount of time actually create use for the patent before its open to all.

      1. About 20 years; which, is one of the main issues with software patents. One of the patents (‘647), may have been revolutionary in 1996 (when Apple filed), is pretty fundamental to software development now.

        1. I clearly remember regular expression engines in 1996 though, and those are were routinely used to perform contextual actions on computer generated data, which is basically what ‘647 is claiming to have “invented”. A compiled regex can be described as a parser.
          Full blown ridiculous. Software patents should last no more than 2 years anyway, extendable up to 5 years depending on the importance of said patent.

    3. You can just picture some drone sitting there in the US Patent Office blindly going through a stack of these idiotic patents:






      Those two patents are so hilariously general that they apply to pretty much every computing device ever made. They might as well be “doing stuff with a computer”.

  6. One of the patents is a power button

  7. Apple does not license. Apple blocks sells. Apple isn’t Microsoft.

    1. Then HTC will block Apple using two S3 patents. Then Apple will licence.

  8. Hail the dark lord!!!

  9. Bottomline WHO CARE HERE…HTC RUNS APPLE INTO THE GROUND and always will…

    1. Ummm HTC cares you dolt aka Richard Dick Yarrell. Also, if HTC really “ran Apple into the ground”, none of the patents would have been found to be infringing.

      1. Because we all know that the patent system is absolutely fair and perfect in every way. /sarc

        1. Never said anything about it not being fair and perfect. Just pointing out to Dick Yarrell that HTC and their customers should care (heck, maybe even all Android customers) and that HTC isn’t running “Apple into the ground”.

    2. I’m sure a lot of people will care if HTC devices get banned from being imported or HTC ends up spending so much in licensing between what they’re already paying Microsoft, will likely have to pay Apple, and what they could end up paying Oracle (not to mention anybody else who jumps on the sue Android bandwagon) that they can’t make a profit selling Android phones anymore. It seems unlikely, but I fear its a closer reality than we all think. Just because we can all agree that the patent system for software is broken doesn’t mean that it still can’t be leveraged for a competitive edge in today’s legal system.

  10. I seriously doubt that Apple will be able to block HTC on the grounds of those 2 patent infrigments, more likely some money will exchange hands and if Apple does not do that, court will decide how much money Apple is owed

  11. you guys gotta read the article on .. Nilay Patel is a former engadget editor . ..also a former paten lawyer… I give his article more credibility when it comes to patents.

  12. I think the open handset alliance needs to ban together with all of their patents and take Apple down a notch. I also think the US patent office needs someone to go in and clean house. And then we need everyone to gather around Apple’s New York store that is always displayed with crowds only this photo will be everyone giving Apple the finger!!!!!!!

  13. Guilty isn’t the correct term. That’s a criminal term. You should edit this to say “liable for” and not “guilty of.”

  14. fuck apple they cant compete anymore with evo 3d

  15. The entire patent system is completely screwed. Must be political or something, dont see how it can be run like this…..

    You’re always hearing about some crazy patent case

  16. I really hate Apple now.

  17. It does seem like Apple are shooting themselves in the foot by being so courtroom happy. I had a little look around the iphone fan forums that mention this ruling and there’s a lot of discomfort there about the way Apple is behaving and a lot of people saying that their next phone will be an HTC.

  18. Apple patents are from 1994 and 1996, and they are not even related to smartphones. The patent system is not only useless for innovation, but it actually hurts it.

  19. Google: partner with everyone, sue no one.
    Apple: partner with no one, sue everyone.

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