Newsletters
Business News for Technology Decision-Makers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Business Briefing Mobile Industry News Small Business Tech Trends More Topics...
Barium Ferrite (BaFe):
Higher Capacity, Superior
Performance, Longer Archival Life

www.thefutureoftape.com
Mobile Industry News
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple Scores Small Victory in U.S. Patent Battle Against HTC
Apple Scores Small Victory in U.S. Patent Battle Against HTC

By Barry Levine
December 20, 2011 11:49AM

Bookmark and Share
Analyst Avi Greengart noted that HTC is saying it can create a workaround that avoids HTC's infringements, so, "as long as there isn't a full stop saying these phones can't be sold, I don't see this as being something potential purchasers are going to get worked up about."
 

Related Topics

Patent War
HTC
Apple
Android



Apple won a small battle against HTC and the Android operating system on Monday, but the legal war continues. The U.S. International Trade Commission, following a review last summer, announced it had determined device maker HTC is infringing an Apple patent for data detection technology and, beginning in April, HTC will be prevented from importing devices into the U.S. using that technique.

Apple is engaged in a worldwide war with HTC, Samsung and Motorola Mobility, and indirectly with Google, over aspects of Android-based devices that it says infringe its patents. The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had declared that the Android mobile operating system imitated the iPhone and the iPad, and he vowed to stop the competing platform.

'Data Tapping Patent'

The six-member ITC, however, also determined that other patents cited by Apple were not infringed upon. Apple had originally claimed infringement of 10 patents. HTC has indicated that it will remove the offending technology from its phones. The ITC made clear that its order was not against all HTC Android devices.

The "data tapping patent" in question describes how phone numbers and related data are kept in an unstructured document, including e-mail, which allows programs such as a dialer to use that data.

Florian Mueller, whose Foss Patents blog covers technology-related patents, pointed out that Apple is also being countersued by HTC, Samsung and Motorola. He said that "there's a race going on for the first decision of major disruptive impact," adding that the 10 patents Apple initially selected were "clearly chosen for that purpose," in that they were mostly operating system patents.

Mueller noted that "a knockout blow is a must-have, not merely a nice-to-have, when you're embroiled in a race for leverage with a view to settlement negotiations." He said the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant needs to prove more such "data tapping" patent infringements" or, alternatively, one or two fundamental patents for which there's no visible workaround."

'Too Soon' to Say

The worldwide legal war has seen ups and down for Apple and its targets. Earlier this month, for instance, Samsung recently overturned Apple's attempt to ban sales via a preliminary injunction in Australia of its Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. There is still a trial to go through next year, and Mueller has suggested that one of the Apple patents in question could affect every Android touchscreen device in Australia. In the legal struggle between Apple and Samsung alone, there are about 30 lawsuits in 10 countries.

Avi Greengart, an analyst with industry research firm Current Analysis, joked that, since HTC's brand recognition "has been growing over time, this lawsuit might even help them over the long term" by bringing them publicity.

He said that it's "too soon" to say if this and other anti-Android lawsuits are causing any second thoughts by potential consumer or business buyers, as they consider whether to buy an Android device.

Greengart noted that HTC is saying it can create a workaround that avoids infringements, so, "as long as there isn't a full stop saying these phones can't be sold, I don't see this as being something potential purchasers are going to get worked up about."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
2.   Google Earnings, Sales Disappoint
3.   Profit and Revenue Slip for IBM
4.   Malware Targets Facebook Users
5.   Intel Reports Lower 1Q Net Income


advertisement
Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
Judge not fooled by Apple's tricks.
Average Rating:
Google Earnings, Sales Disappoint
Amid persistent downturn in ad prices.
Average Rating:
Malware Targets Facebook Users
iBanking app spys on communications.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Business
Home/Top News | Business Briefing | Mobile Industry News | Small Business | Tech Trends | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Innovation
E-Commerce | CIO Issues | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.