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.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
117 months ago
Arn, I think it's time to add a new "Patents" tab to the top of Macrumors! :p
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
117 months ago

[url=https://cdn.macrumors.com/im/macrumorsthreadlogodarkd.png]Image (https://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/16/htc-hits-apple-with-patent-lawsuit-targeting-mac-and-ios-devices/)[/url]


Image (https://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2011/07/htc_logo-150x83.jpg)

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 (https://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 (https://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 (https://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
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
117 months ago
If you are tired of these patent lawsuits, remember who started it first.

:apple:
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
117 months ago
Serves them well?

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.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
117 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 ?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
117 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 ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Apple Takes Legal Action Against Small Company With Pear Logo

Saturday August 8, 2020 11:09 am PDT by
Apple is taking legal action against the developers of the app "Prepear" due to its logo, according to iPhone in Canada. Prepear is an app that helps users discover recipes, plan meals, make lists, and arrange grocery deliveries. The app is a spinoff of "Super Healthy Kids," and the founders claim that they are facing litigation from Apple. Apple reportedly takes issue with Prepear's logo, ...

Kuo: Global iPhone Shipments Could Decline Up to 30% If Apple Forced to Remove WeChat From App Store [Updated x2]

Sunday August 9, 2020 10:17 pm PDT by
In a worst-case scenario, Apple's annual global iPhone shipments could decline by 25–30% if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Stores around the world, according to a new research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo viewed by MacRumors. The removal could occur due to a recent executive order aiming to ban U.S. transactions with WeChat and its parent company Tencent. Kuo lays out...

iPhone Maker Foxconn Says China's 'Days as the World's Factory Are Done'

Wednesday August 12, 2020 7:55 am PDT by
China will no longer be the world's manufacturing epicenter going forward, according to Apple's largest supply chain partner Foxconn, which has been gradually expanding its operations in other countries amid the U.S.-China trade war. "No matter if it's India, Southeast Asia or the Americas, there will be a manufacturing ecosystem in each," said Foxconn chairman Young Liu, according to Bloombe...

Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features

Monday August 10, 2020 9:16 am PDT by
Google today announced the launch of several features for Google Maps on Apple products, including new CarPlay functionality and a new Google Maps app that works on Apple Watch. The new Google Maps app for Apple Watch works similarly to the iOS app, allowing Apple Watch owners to get directions for a car, bike, public transit, or on foot. The app supports estimated arrival times and...

Apple May Release 4G-Only iPhone 12 in Early 2021

Tuesday August 11, 2020 5:28 am PDT by
In a research note shared by Business Insider, Wedbush Securities analysts said that Apple may release a cheaper iPhone 12 in early 2021 with no 5G connectivity. Wedbush initially believed Apple would launch a mix of 4G and 5G iPhone 12 models this fall. Following re-examination of Asian supply chains, analysts Daniel Ives, Strecker Backe, and Ahmad Khalil revised the predictions,...

iPad Pro Keyboard Comparison: Logitech's $160 Folio Touch vs. Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:11 pm PDT by
Logitech recently debuted the Folio Touch, a keyboard and trackpad case designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro that serves as an alternative to the Magic Keyboard. In our latest YouTube video, we compare the $160 Folio Touch to Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard to see which is better. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Logitech is selling the Folio Touch for $160, while Apple's...

Foxconn Reportedly Begins Seasonal Hiring Spree for iPhone 12 Production

Monday August 10, 2020 7:03 am PDT by
Apple's largest manufacturing partner Foxconn has begun its seasonal hiring spree to assist with iPhone 12 production, offering employees who recruit qualified applicants up to a 9,000 yuan bonus, according to Chinese media reports. As usual, Foxconn needs as many hands on deck as possible at its factory in Zhengzhou, China to assist with mass production of the upcoming iPhones. Apple is...

Apple Seeds First Public Beta of watchOS 7 to Public Beta Testers

Monday August 10, 2020 10:33 am PDT by
Apple today seeded the first public beta of an upcoming watchOS 7 update to public beta testers, one week after seeding the fourth beta to developers and a month and a half after the Worldwide Developers Conference. The update can be downloaded after installing the proper profile from Apple's Public Beta website. watchOS 7 should not be installed on a primary device as it is still an early...

Apple Watch Likely to Adopt MicroLED Display Technology in 3-4 Years

Monday August 10, 2020 2:55 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to feature an OLED screen like previous models, but a future model is likely to be the first Apple product to adopt MicroLED display technology, albeit not for another three to four years. That's the main takeaway reading between the lines of comments made by the chairman of Epistar, Taiwan's top LED producer, which is reportedly working on a...

Parallels Desktop 16 Brings macOS Big Sur Support, Multi-Touch Gestures, 20% Faster DirectX, and More

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:17 am PDT by
Parallels Desktop 16 released today, bringing some notable new features and performance enhancements to the virtualization software, including full support for macOS Big Sur. When Apple introduced macOS Big Sur, it ended support for the third-party kernel extensions that previous versions of Parallels were built on. That forced the developers to re-engineer the virtualization software from the ...