ITC agrees to investigate Apple's patent suit against HTC

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in iPhone edited January 2014
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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  • Reply 1 of 22
    oc4theooc4theo Posts: 294member
    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!
  • Reply 2 of 22
    zindakozindako Posts: 468member
    In the absence of innovation, people turn to lawsuits.\
  • Reply 3 of 22
    spotonspoton Posts: 645member
    Oh God, Steve's been hurt in a car accident!



    Quote:

    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
  • Reply 4 of 22
    ihxoihxo Posts: 563member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 5 of 22
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Apple is doomed.
  • Reply 6 of 22
    applerulezapplerulez Posts: 108member
    Quote:
    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.

    .



    Why can't these patent whores just innovate? I mean really - do they have to copy EVERYTHING that Steve does?
  • Reply 7 of 22
    tofinotofino Posts: 697member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 8 of 22
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,007member
    Quote:
    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!
  • Reply 9 of 22
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    Apple is doomed.



    Come on now. Get it right. Apple is doomed!
  • Reply 10 of 22
    finetunesfinetunes Posts: 2,065member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    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
  • Reply 11 of 22
    ilogicilogic Posts: 298member
    Manzana va mapiar el piso con HTC! Viva el iTelephono!!!
  • Reply 12 of 22
    celcocelco Posts: 211member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justflybob View Post


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



    your both wrong PALM is DOOMED
  • Reply 13 of 22
    chronsterchronster Posts: 1,894member
    I guess Apple sees HTC as a serious threat, otherwise they would go after Palm for multitouch also.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celco View Post


    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.
  • Reply 14 of 22
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 22
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 16 of 22
    Quote:
    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!!!



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 17 of 22
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,992member
    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.



    1.Exxon

    2.Microsoft

    3.Apple
  • Reply 18 of 22
    g3prog3pro Posts: 669member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 19 of 22
    carniphagecarniphage Posts: 1,984member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 20 of 22
    asianbobasianbob Posts: 797member
    Quote:
    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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