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Apple wins against HTC Patent Violations

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

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

HTC Breaks a Patent Owned by Apple

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

HTC a Taiwanese smartphone maker had violated some patent owned by Apple. Judge verdicts that some HTC devices use Google Android operating systems contravene a patent owned by Apple last July. ITC (International Trade Commission) takes over on the most monitored patent issue in the world.

HTC devices may not be imported in US after April 19, 2012 due to the patent violation involvement. This will surely affect the international trading of HTC to America.

40% of HTC smartpones distributed in North America were sold out and most of them were using Google’s Android Operating System. According to a firm market researcher, Gartner, HTC made a hit and sold many smartphones more than the iPhone and Samsung by the third quarter.

Ban on some HTC smartphones would be a blow since they were on the top of the sales. The Taiwanese smartphone maker informed investors to expect their revenue for the upcoming quarter would be less than last year. HTC had already lost nearly two-thirds of the share since May.

Not only HTC is on a battle of Patent infringement, also HTC said that Apple also had violated patent they owned, Samsung over Apple and Apple over Samsung. This battle was call “the first Global Patent War” as said by Joshua Walker – the Lex Machina Chairman.

Samsung claimed that iPhone 4, 4s and iPad had violated some patent day owned last December 16, 2011. On the same day, ITC had spoken to review about Apple if they had infringed any patent owned by HTC.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was banned in Germany after Apple claimed that the handset violated some of Apple’s patent.
Smoot-Hawley or Tariff Act of 1930 stated that the ITC may ban imports that infringe American patents and for which an American industry exists. That’s why ITC ruled the patent issue being involved by 3 giant smartphone makers.

According to an Intellectual Property specialist Eric Schweibenz, that ITC has the advantage to be appealed by the American district courts.

Schweibenz predicted that the decision will not go beyond 2 years or more but 16 months rather. “Light-speed compared with a district court” he said.

However, the battle between HTC and Apple is just the beginning of global patent war including Samsung. They have their own opinion and beliefs and will defend themselves to prove that one of them had never violated one’s patent. (c) 2011