HTC One X

As smartphone legal battles continue in the courts, HTC has reason to celebrate over Apple, if only momentarily. U.K. Judge Christopher Floyd has now handed down a ruling in HTC's favor against Apple and their claim of four patents against HTC.

The patents in question revolve around the slide-to-lock mechanism, scrolling through photographs, changing alphabets and multi-touch software that allows users to touch the screen in two spots simultaneously. While Judge Christopher Floyd deemed the photo management patent valid, he also ruled that it was not HTC who violated it.

When it comes to further addressing the issues in court, the same four patents will be up for question in Germany later this year. As far as the U.S. is concerned though, the International Trade Commission decided this week that HTC can continue to sell devices while it investigates patents surrounding the detection of telephone numbers in emails.

Source: Bloomberg

 

Reader comments

U.K. court rules HTC smartphones do not infringe Apple patents

18 Comments

Wait a minute! How is this possible? I thought Apple has an ironclad patent on life itself? Florian Mueller will be so pissed.

Just another headline of a stupid lawsuit.

"The patents in question revolve around the slide-to-lock mechanism, scrolling through photographs, changing alphabets and multi-touch software that allows users to touch the screen in two spots simultaneously"

So let me get this straight: Crapple patented slide to lock, which every Android phone has had from the start; scrolling through photographs, which every Android phone has been able to do from the start, changing alphabets, which every smart phone has been able to do from the start, and touching the screen in two spots simultaneously, which is a characteristic of capacitative touch screens... With all of the money that they spend on litigation, they could easily use it to create a beast-ass iPhone. Granted I dont care to use their walled garden, but a good iPhone means a better Android.

"Crapple patented slide to lock, which every Android phone has had from the start; scrolling through photographs, which every Android phone has been able to do from the start, changing alphabets, which every smart phone has been able to do from the start, and touching the screen in two spots simultaneously, which is a characteristic of capacitative touch screens..."

^^^ Totally THIS. Nothing really else to say. There are two parties at fault here: (Cr)Apple for patent trolling and the modern patenting system for allowing something as basic and vague as "scrolling through photographs" to even gain a patent in the first place. Scrolling thru photos? REALLY??? With that logic, I should have a few thousand patents myself.

The sad truth is that you are mostly correct. I'm an Android true and true, but my business side has to respect AAPL for having the insight to attempting to patent these things before people probably even knew what they were. People can patent a lot of normally common things by claiming 'ownership' to the method. Combine this with the idea that the patent office probably didn't even understand what 'slide to unlock' tech was when they issued the patent, and you have the making of an endless run of lawsuits. I am still shocked at many of the patents though. I can't imagine there's not a lot of past-use proof with many of them... probably because of the addition of touch usability versus Palm's past D-pad and stylus controls.

I'm surprised they havent sued anyone else for bringing out a white phone, as apple invented that colour too.

Their patent will read "Any phone of the exterior appearance which includes more than 50% with an absence of colour or all colours together shall be in direct violation of apple patent 666.666.666" or words to that extent that make no real sense, confusing the judges to side with them.

This is good news. While I find it pathetic they got away with it in the US with Samsung, it doesn't really affect me. If they did it to HTC over here in the UK I would probably never buy an Apple product again as much as I like OSX. Blocking the sales of a competitor isn't healthy for the economy, people want and like choice, and now its becoming more apparent to regular users that alternatives to iPhones do exist, it should stay that way unless Apple revolutionise the market and get customers back legitimately. Competition sparks innovation, get rid of that and we have only what they decide.

At what point does apple sue every person in the world for using the letter I? I guess I'll try to come up with something I can sue apple for... Isn't world domination a format of terrorism, if so gotcha you sour apple pieces of #-"$

Not to change the subject but why does Samsung have such a hard time when dealing with Judge Koh? If I were Samsung or Android for that matter I would do some personal investigating into the dealings of Judge Koh, The Judge seems to have strong ties with the Apple philosophy. Litigation, litigation, litigation. Something smells like fish and I hate the smell of roughten fish as much as I hate the smell of roughten APPLES. I read in these posts all the time that something needs to be done, Why doesn't Google flex their muscles and get something started to turn the tides on this bull shit. It is obvious they saw just how powerful this new update was to the Android platform, they became extremely nervous. I think their legal strategy just sheds so much attention on this new update that if I were Google I would make a commercial about just that, start it off as saying this is so powerful Apple pulled their sleeziest move but yet failed. The Google machine will not be slowed down. Google has just started. I do not like sleezy tactics, Apple is a sleezy company using slave labor making glass phones that are under clocked,over priced and locked down tighter then a ducks ass. Boring, Boring, Boring.

Unfortunately, this has nothing to do with protecting intellectual property. The implementation of the ideas themselves by other OEMS does not deter consumers from buying iPhones. It has EVERYTHING to do with stopping, or at least slowing, the growth of Android. Apple sells a lot of phones, but they are losing market share to a superior product and they can't stand that.

They're still arguing about multi touch? How was apple ever given a patent on this? The hardware was designed for this purpose!! Its like if Toyota makes a car, apple patents how to drive it. Now no one can use their cars as intended.