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The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review Apple's allegations of patent violations from rival handset maker HTC, the domestic trade agency announced this week.

The ITC revealed on Wednesday that voted to formally begin an investigation of "certain personal data and mobile communication devices and related software." Within 45 days of the start of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for its completion.

It was in early March when Apple filed its complaint against HTC, suing the Taiwanese smartphone maker over the alleged infringement of 20 patents related to the iPHone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. Among the phones cited in Apple's complaint are two of the most prominent based on Google's Android mobile operating system: the Nexus One and myTouch 3G.

HTC responded to the suit last week by saying it has no plans to back down. Google, the creator of the Android mobile operating system that is at the center of the patent infringement suit, has also said it will stand by its partners, including HTC.

That the ITC is taking up Apple's complaint should come as no surprise -- the commission looks into most high-profile suits that are filed. In fact, the commission currently has a number of complaints centered around the Cupertino, Calif., company, filed both by Apple and against Apple.

The most recent was revealed this week, when Elan Microelectronics asked the commission to ban the import and sale of Apple products over an alleged violation of a multi-touch patent owned by the company. Elan has accused Apple of "knowingly and deliberately" using the company's technology. The ITC has not yet decided whether to pursue the claims made by Elan.

Apple has also sued Nokia, and is also being sued by the Finnish handset maker. The ITC has agreed to look into both companies' complaints of patent infringement.

The ITC has also begun investigating claims made by Kodak against Apple. The camera company has alleged that Apple is in violation of patents that relate to the previewing of images, and processing them at different resolutions.
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An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind. The day will come when every company will be suing every company. That will be a sweet time for technology.

Keep it up!
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In the absence of innovation, people turn to lawsuits.\
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Oh God, Steve's been hurt in a car accident!

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Man killed following police chase, Steve Jobs injured

A suspect was killed and a Palo Alto police officer injured after a traffic stop ended in a shooting, authorities said Thursday.

Palo Alto police officers encountered the suspect about 7 p.m. Wednesday during a traffic stop at East Street and Orange Avenue, police said in a statement. The suspect drove off during the stop, and police chased him, following his car to the 100 block of East Plymouth Street, where shots were fired after the suspect collided with a car driven by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs...


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/stevejobs-suffers-serious-injuries
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Originally Posted by OC4Theo View Post

An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind. The day will come when every company will be suing every company. That will be a sweet time for technology.

Keep it up!

every company is already suing every company.

To you getting sued maybe OMGWTFBBQ. To them it's like paper work.
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Apple is doomed.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review Apple's allegations of patent violations from rival handset maker HTC, the domestic trade agency announced this week.
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Why can't these patent whores just innovate? I mean really - do they have to copy EVERYTHING that Steve does?
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Originally Posted by OC4Theo View Post

An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind. The day will come when every company will be suing every company. That will be a sweet time for technology.

Keep it up!

that day has come and gone a long time ago.
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Originally Posted by AppleRulez View Post

Why can't these patent whores just innovate? I mean really - do they have to copy EVERYTHING that Steve does?

Hey iG... is your life that bland that you feel your only exposure to human conversation is to post your silly troll remarks here? Go away... we won't miss you. Really!
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Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post

Apple is doomed.

Come on now. Get it right. Apple is doomed!
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Hey iG... is your life that bland that you feel your only exposure to human conversation is to post your silly troll remarks here? Go away... we won't miss you. Really!

Feeding trolls only encourages them. Please don't get into an argument about antiquated aspect ratios or stagnant sales arguments

To get back on topic the ITC filing is @

http://www.usitc.gov/secretary/fed_r...3312010sgl.pdf
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Manzana va mapiar el piso con HTC! Viva el iTelephono!!!
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Originally Posted by justflybob View Post

Come on now. Get it right. Apple is doomed!

your both wrong PALM is DOOMED
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I guess Apple sees HTC as a serious threat, otherwise they would go after Palm for multitouch also.

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your both wrong PALM is DOOMED

Yeah I really don't get it. Just the other day I was reading about an 800mhz overclock that works great, and before that I read how someone got the unreal 3 engine to work on the Pre. I mean, the Pre and Pre plus and webOS have great potential, but for whatever reason they simply aren't advertising the way they should.

I think a lot of people (including me) simply don't know what those phones are capable of and that's what's killing sales. Also, why on earth can't they make a device with a bigger screen? The higher ups are mismanaging Palm into the ground.
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Originally Posted by chronster View Post

I guess Apple sees HTC as a serious threat,

When another company is using your patents without your permission, yeah, that's a threat to be taken very seriously.
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Originally Posted by AppleRulez View Post

Why can't these patent whores just innovate? I mean really - do they have to copy EVERYTHING that Steve does?

We should wait and see how it'll be decided first, no? If Apple win, it'll be a huge blow to Android. If HTC win, well.... they just win I guess.
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Originally Posted by AppleRulez View Post

Why can't these patent whores just innovate? I mean really - do they have to copy EVERYTHING that Steve does?

Agreed. HTC should have not stolen from Apple by releasing touch-screen phones years before Apple did. I mean come on, seriously!!!

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We should wait and see how it'll be decided first, no? If Apple win, it'll be a huge blow to Android. If HTC win, well.... they just win I guess.

Haha, wow. I seriously laughed out loud at this. If Apple wins, it's a "huge blow". But of course, if it's the other way around, it's no big deal. Wow, such a fanboy you even have to downplay the repercussions of what would happen if Apple lost. That's comedy gold right there.
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The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to review the third largest company in the USA's (Apple) allegations of patent violations from rival handset maker HTC, the domestic trade agency announced this week.

Kinda makes it look better.

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We should wait and see how it'll be decided first, no? If Apple win, it'll be a huge blow to Android. If HTC win, well.... they just win I guess.

Apple will have to sue Samsung, Motorola, Acer, Sony, Asus, Garmin, Huawei, Kyocera, LG, Lenovo, NEC, Sharp, and Toshiba for that to happen.
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Originally Posted by g3pro View Post

Apple will have to sue Samsung, Motorola, Acer, Sony, Asus, Garmin, Huawei, Kyocera, LG, Lenovo, NEC, Sharp, and Toshiba for that to happen.

Not so.

If Apple win, those companies will think twice before licencing Android.

The Android licensing fee might be "free" - but a potential lawsuit from Apple would be very expensive indeed.

C.
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Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post

Not so.

If Apple win, those companies will think twice before licencing Android.

The Android licensing fee might be "free" - but a potential lawsuit from Apple would be very expensive indeed.

C.

Thing is, suits like this can take years to reach a judgement, if it even gets that far. By that time, who knows how Android will have changed.

Even in light of the suit just being there right now, all those companies show no signs of thinking twice about using Android.
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Originally Posted by AsianBob View Post

Thing is, suits like this can take years to reach a judgement, if it even gets that far. By that time, who knows how Android will have changed.

Even in light of the suit just being there right now, all those companies show no signs of thinking twice about using Android.

By the time this thing is decided upon (or more likely, settled) the mobile landscape will be nothing like it is today. Things have changed pretty much completely in the last couple of years, and will change even more rapidly in the next couple of years.
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Originally Posted by zindako View Post

In the absence of innovation, people turn to lawsuits.\

IMHO, while ironic, patent lawsuits help innovation. Here is how:

The point of patents is to encourage innovation. Corporations spend billions of dollars on R&D to develop those things, so it's not surprising that if it weren't for patents, those corporations would have little incentive to plonk down wads of cash to come up with something, only to watch somebody else make money off of it.

A patent prevents anyone but the owner of the patent from producing whatever it is that is covered under the patent. Others who want to compete with it will then have an incentive to come up with something else, effectively innovate around the patent.
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