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Apple Goes After HTC Over Patent Infringement

Category: Mobile
Posted: March 3, 2010 09:07AM
Author: CheeseMan42

Apple has filed a patent infringement suit against HTC, makers of several popular phones, at the International Trade Commission. The suit is in regards to the phones that run the Android OS, with 12 phones being named. Apple isn't seeking monetary compensation, but rather seeks to block the imports of the offending phones. A ban on imports would hurt HTC both financially and in market share, and without these phones Apple would see less competition. Apple claims that 10 of the 200 patents for the iPhone were violated, and another 10 were mentioned in a civil suit filed in Delaware. Several of the claims were based on OS functionality rather than hardware, and could indicate future complaints against Google.



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CAINuKe on March 3, 2010 10:10AM
Wow, Apple is starting to look more like douche-bags now more than ever.
d3bruts1d on March 3, 2010 10:24AM
Defending your technology / intellectual property / patents, if it was indeed violated, is douche-baggary? Riiiight. Additionally Windows Mobile phones are included in the suit, but both source articles fail to mention that.
CAINuKe on March 3, 2010 10:35AM
The thing is, it is my honest belief that Apple is only doing this because they know the Android phones will take market share away from them and they want to stop this as best they can. I am not trying to bash apple, but lately they seem to be slipping.
d3bruts1d on March 3, 2010 12:52PM
Of course Android phones are going to take market share away... that's the way things work. Apple took market share away from RIM, Nokia, and WinMo. A product gets a huge market share, there is only one place for it to go - down. Nothing stays at top forever.
CheeseMan42 on March 3, 2010 05:33PM
As much as I don't like Apple, they are well within their rights to do this. Gizmodo had an interesting article about the relationship between Google and Apple going south.
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Billy Rowe on March 3, 2010 10:21AM
They let this go for a long time. Bout time they do something about it! Go Apple!
Psywar on March 3, 2010 11:58AM
Interesting... I am going to be pissed though if I don't get a new HTC Phone in the Spring of this year from Sprint because of this crap though :) lol!
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Epell on March 9, 2010 01:08PM
My question is this: Why is Apple going after HTC? Most, if not all, patents mentioned seemed to be software issue. Apple can't go after Android because it's open-source(or semi open-source). Apple shouldn't be going after HTC since they didn't make the software.

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