Apple wins against HTC Patent Violations

ITC (International Trade Commission) confirmed that HTC violated some patent owned by Apple last Monday.

Some HTC devices were banned by the authorities in US from illegal use of iPhone-like features as Apple claimed.

United States ITC decision is the most anticipated development in Apple’s legal battle against the giant smartphone makers, Samsung, Motorola and HTC who use the Google Android Operating Software.

In a thousands of claims, iPhone had made their best to produce handset originally designed, built properly to avoid rivalry against other manufacturers from patent infringement.

According to the ITC, the HTC had violated the 15-year-old Apple’s patent in which they have copied the way phone numbers and addresses display on email address. iPhone claimed that they were the first to design the effect of taping an email address containing a number that will automatically perform a call.

“I don’t see this is a big deal…It’s going to make Apple feel better…it’s just one independent case.” said Bijal V. Vakil, (Intellectual property attorney at White & Case.)HTC promises the removal of this feature on or before the ITC deadline on April.
Apple has been monitoring Google-powered devices from rapidly striking the market. According to the Firm research Gartner; Apple constantly sold 15% of phones each quarter.
iPhone claimed to be 10 patent violations against them but the International Trade Commission only grant them 1 case.
It was concluded by observers that iPhone missed the opportunity for hitting the market after ITC neglected Apple’s patent complain about how these Google Android-powered smartphones process and transmit data. This gives an idea for consumers to buy Google Android-powered smartphones.

According to a patent specialist and a consultant, Florian Mueller, if Apple succeeded on their claim about the violation of data-processing patent, then it would be difficult for the HTC to redesign its handsets.

“It would be like having to take an entire floor out of your house and completely replace it — that would be hard to do without the house crashing down.” he said.

Regarding to the minor email patent won by apple, Florian said that this minor revision is like extending the home improvement analogy.

“It is more like if you just had to replace your TV.” he said.

For him, it won’t take Apple for another victory, even Germany and US would grant their claims, they could not stop Android phones to avert from the market.

“It’s not like you can win on a single patent like this and force people out of the market…But with a whole team of such patents, certainly that could be meaningful from a competitive point of view.” Mueller said. (c) 2011

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