With all of Apple’s latest lawsuits a-many, it could be hard to stay up to date with who and why Apple is suing. On July 15th an ITC judge determined that HTC infringed on two out of four patents that were in question. The patents found to infringe are, software that allows transmission of multiple types of data, and a system that identifies a phone number in an email allowing the receiver to direct dial the number simply by clicking on it.
Luckily for HTC, the U.S. Trade commission recently decided to review the judges findings and will ultimately decide the fate of HTC and its U.S. product line. HTC is happy about the decision for review, “and we are confident in our case,” said HTC spokesman, Adam Emery. If found guilty a ban may be placed on all of their Android based phones which equate to 36% of all U.S. Android based phones. Apple doing what they do best, countered the finding and said that if the commission opted to review the patents that were infringed, the agency also should consider the two that were found to not be infringed.
December 6th will be the deadline for the ITC to make a final decision on patent infringement. Also taken into account will be validity and interpretation topics, and whether Apple had fulfilled a requirement that the company show it was using inventions in the two patents that are in debate.
With the possibility of a HTC-Android ban only a couple months away HTC had this to say: “The exclusion of HTC accused devices from the U.S. market would not only eliminate the most popular brand of smart-phones using Android, the fastest-growing mobile operating system, but would also impact the public health, safety, and welfare concerns of individual U.S. consumers.”
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