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HTC Hits Apple with Patent Lawsuit Targeting Mac and iOS Devices

Reuters briefly reports that Android smartphone manufacturer HTC has struck back at Apple with a new patent lawsuit targeting not only iOS devices but also Macs. The suit was filed in United States District Court in Delaware.
Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc on Tuesday, claiming infringement of three patents through Apple's sale of Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPads and other devices.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks to halt Apple's importation and sale of infringing products in the United States. It also seeks compensatory damages, triple damages for willful infringement, and other remedies.
The lawsuit addresses the following patents:

- 7,765,414: Circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system
- 7,672,219: Multipoint-to-point communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
- 7,417,944: Method for orderwire modulation

HTC was the first Android handset manufacturer to be targeted by Apple in the current web of patent lawsuits, with Apple having filed suit back in March 2010. Last month, an International Trade Commission judge ruled in favor of Apple in an initial determination, setting the stage for a more thorough review by a panel of judges and increasing pressure on HTC to settle the lawsuit.

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41 months ago
Arn, I think it's time to add a new "Patents" tab to the top of Macrumors! :p
Rating: 39 Votes
41 months ago

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Reuters briefly reports (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/16/us-apple-htc-idUSTRE77F38E20110816) that Android smartphone manufacturer HTC has struck back at Apple with a new patent lawsuit targeting not only iOS devices but also Macs. The suit was filed in United States District Court in Delaware.The lawsuit addresses the following patents:

- 7,765,414 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7765414.PN.&OS=PN/7765414&RS=PN/7765414): Circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system
- 7,672,219 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,672,219.PN.&OS=PN/7,672,219&RS=PN/7,672,219): Multipoint-to-point communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
- 7,417,944 (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,417,944.PN.&OS=PN/7,417,944&RS=PN/7,417,944): Method for orderwire modulation

HTC was the first Android handset manufacturer to be targeted by Apple in the current web of patent lawsuits, with Apple having filed suit (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/03/02/apple-files-lawsuit-against-htc-over-alleged-iphone-patent-infringement/) back in March 2010. Last month, an International Trade Commission judge ruled (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/15/itc-rules-for-apple-in-htc-patent-case/) in favor of Apple in an initial determination, setting the stage for a more thorough review by a panel of judges and increasing pressure on HTC to settle the lawsuit.

Article Link: HTC Hits Apple with Patent Lawsuit Targeting Mac and iOS Devices (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/16/htc-hits-apple-with-patent-lawsuit-targeting-mac-and-ios-devices/)


Shoulda gone to law school for patent law. I'm clearly in the wrong profession LOL
Rating: 28 Votes
41 months ago
If you are tired of these patent lawsuits, remember who started it first.

:apple:
Rating: 17 Votes
41 months ago
Am I the only Apple fanboy here that does not feel sorry for Apple this time, or is it a common sentiment?

I love Apple products, but it seems the company is turning out pretty Orwellian lately.
Rating: 14 Votes
41 months ago

I agree and disagree.

I do think companies should be able to defend their IP. It's what the patent system is for. It's not a free for all and everyone should be able to take what they want and ignore the inventor. If you truly invent something, you should be able to protect it and keep it to yourself if you want.

But, it seems like the root of the problem is that many of these patents are very broad and very weak. On all sides.

The way I see this is the industry is flushing itself out. Everyone is guilty. There is no innocent party here. It seems as though the industry is in a free for all and sue me later sort of state. But, hopefully it will cause everything to get flushed out and then they can all move on.


Wasn't Google ridiculed for saying exactly the same thing you just said a week or so ago on this very forum ? I think the actual terms used was "whiners, wahmbulance" and other such witty remarks.

So I guess you should prepare yourself for a thorough flaming and a good heap of insults for the comment you just made.

The patent system in the US is night useless for protecting innovation anymore. If anything, the patents granted are so broad they have become a force that prevents innovation rather than encourage it. Like Google has said. Like you've just said. Like I've just said.

It seems that the posters screaming "whiners" should take a minute to think over what all these patent lawsuits are accomplishing. Are they really promoting innovation ?
Rating: 13 Votes
41 months ago
This is getting ridiculous
We need a flow chart of who's sueing who!

And I second a 'Patent' tab on Macrumors. These stories are so boring....
Rating: 11 Votes
41 months ago

Yes but others seem to be acting like bloody children.

"but he started it!"


So you're saying they all should let Apple steam roll over them in court ? This is a defensive move on HTC's part, a response to Apple's lawsuit. When attacked, you either yield or defend yourself.

Which would you do ?
Rating: 11 Votes
41 months ago

"Begun, the patent wars have!"
Rating: 10 Votes
41 months ago

I hope Apple sues these scum out of existence. We all know that Apple invented the modern smartphone with the iPhone, everyone else just copies + follows along.

All these followers owe Apple BILLIONS. For them to sue Apple is a joke.


Don't you mean that Apple should be sued too because they didn't invent the cell phone? The joke is on Apple. They owe Moto billions.
Rating: 9 Votes
41 months ago

Sorry smarty, the cell phone patent expired years ago.

The only INNOVATION in this industry comes from Apple. All anyone else does is make "me too" products. Can't wait to see what the iPhone 5 has... so we know what we can expect HTC, Samsung and all the other "me too" companies to roll out 1-2 years later.


Innovation. That's why Apple invented a slide down notification system, Twitter integration, and OTA updates.


Oh, wait.....
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