HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

Summary: Just when it looked like HTC and Apple were going to open the lines for communication, the fight just exploded...again.

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Just when it looked like HTC and Apple were going to open the lines for communication, the fight just exploded...again.

To recap, Apple filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against HTC this past March over (what else these days) patent infringement claims. On July 15, the ITC ruled that HTC had infringed upon at least two of Apple's patents, which could (in a worst case scenario) result in a ban against the sale of all HTC Android products in the United States.

Last week, HTC's chief financial officer Winston Yung said that HTC was willing to negotiate with Apple, as HTC reminded investors again during its quarterly conference call that HTC had picked up 235 issued patents and patent applications from S3 Graphics for $300 million during the second quarter. In another twist, S3 recently secured an ITC ruling its favor against Apple over two compression technology patents.

Well, fast forward to today, and it's another story. HTC Europe has brought the battle to the international stage as it filed a lawsuit against Apple in the United Kingdom on Monday. However, specifics as to the nature of the lawsuit have not been divulged.

FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller writes that even as HTC tries to counter Apple's attacks, "Apple will strike down upon HTC with a vengeance."

By filing a lawsuit in Europe, HTC shows its determination to keep fighting. That determination is beyond doubt. But no matter in how many countries HTC may file lawsuits against Apple, it won't be able to change anything about Apple's objectives. Apple optimizes for product differentiation, not patent licensing revenues.

In other Apple legal news, the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has secured a major win in its fight against Samsung over patent infringements related to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The device will be blocked from sale in Australia until a lawsuit, in which Apple asserts the tablet violates at least 10 of its patents, can be resolved.

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  • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

    "Florian Mueller writes..."
    What credentials does this guy have to comment on this? Anyone can get a generic Blogger account and call it FOSS Patents but everyone on ZDNET/CNET treats his opinion as gospel.
    30otnix
    • That was my reaction too

      @30otnix

      That was a nothing quote from perhaps a nothing guy. It is not at all obvious to me that his opinion even matters.
      Economister
    • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

      @30otnix But the question should be is he wrong? Focusing on hid credentials - while legit - seems to be more of a defensive strawman here. Fact is HTC was found to violate 2 of Apple's patents and going international with it will not make the violations go away.
      athynz
      • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

        @athynz First it's not a final ruling. So it is not a fact yet. Second, if both of those patents are indeed found to be enforceable, then every computing device in existence is violating them and yet Apple has never enforced it.
        30otnix
    • Florian Mueller

      @30otnix Florian is a well known Microsoft troll and shill. His stock in trade is predicting doom and gloom for Linux, Google, Android, and anything that Microsoft and Apple are struggling against. None of his predictions have come true, and there is some evidence that Mueller has been paid in the past for his rhetoric. His claims have little to no basis in fact, and amount to spin and FUD. Why supposedly reliable news services continue to quote his dross is beyond me.

      Pay no attention to anything this man says.
      hospitaler
    • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

      @30otnix

      The fact that ZDNET sources Mueller as THE expert on these matters tells you that ZDNET's quality of journalism is quite random.
      DonRupertBitByte
  • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

    Its seems like any hardware vendor who is making money with google's android ( created using stolen IP and code from other brilliant companies) has nowhere to run. They are chased from Australias to the Americas.

    No mercy shown and no tears will be shed. Innovate and don't steal... period.

    Nothing in the real world comes for free,there is a price to be paid for everything, so why should software be free? free ride won't last long...
    owlnet
  • RE: HTC brings patent lawsuit fight with Apple to U.K.

    The Guy that wrote this was Quite Biased and I don?t blame him? ANDROID IS TAKING OVER and ITS QUITE CLEAR. IM dropping My Apple Device and Picking Up an Android Device. LMBO
    DataScooped
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    FourLeaf1
  • Different laws covering patents in US and UK

    Here are a couple of reasons why bringing the fight to the UK might be a good move for HTC:

    1) Here in the UK we don't have biased courts whose primary motive seems to be bringing in lucrative patent cases, in return for the promise of a speedy pro-patent resolution.

    2) Attitudes towards Apple as a company are fairly neutral, so the patriotic US company rubbish won't wash here either.

    HTC may find the courts over here far more receptive to their claims, compared to their US counterparts.
    Scrat
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