HTC (Top US Android Maker) Faces US Ban

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 8, 2011


Last quarter, HTC sent over 5.7 million smart phones to the US making them the leading smart phone manufacturer in America (Canalys). Therefore, if HTC were to stop selling Android phones, this could either hurt Android in the smartphone OS market, or leave the door wide open for Samsung, Motorola, and other Android device manufacturers.

In July of 2011, an ITC administrative law judge decided that HTC’s phones infringe on two of Apple’s patents. HTC has obviously chosen to disagree with the claim, and the date for this case has been set to December 14, 2011.

HTC has been accused of infringing upon the following patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data” (in its complaint, Apple provides examples such as the recognition of “phone numbers, post-office addresses and dates” and the ability to perform “related actions with that data”; one example is that “the system may receive data that includes a phone number, highlight it for a user, and then, in response to a user’s interaction with the highlighted text, offer the user the choice of making a phone call to the number”)
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263 on a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data” (while this sounds like a pure hardware patent, there are various references in it to logical connections, drivers, programs; in its complaint, Apple said that this patent “relates generally to providing programming abstraction layers for real-time processing applications”)
Has patent infringement gone too far? On Friday December 16th alone, the following cases will take place:
  • it is just sad

  • Algee1956

    One more reason many people hate Apple.

  • Abdullah Alzuwayed

    Apple is being childish.

  • sahand

    funny! i hate apple and i will! acting like a big looser!

  • Magnus Pålsson

    This is insane! It would seem that you could patent almost anything. Apple are being total asses about this. I sold my iPhone 4s today and bought an HTC Sensation XE just to get away from the Apple madness. Now I just have to get rid of my Macbook to.

  • hateiphone

    that’s just stupid. don’t tell me your going to patent ‘gestures” too? how else you going to interact with a touch phone.

    • AppleFUD

      That’s what a lot of apple’s “multi-touch” patents are about–gestures and heuristic commands. Things that are obvious to anyone that uses a touch device for more than five minutes.

      1. knowing when a touch is intentional vs un-intentional. DUH!!! It’s a touch device obviously you want to make sure the person means to interact and the touch wasn’t by accident–you know, like we have with mouse-pads for palm-check.
      2. heuristic control for scrolling web pages–locks the user into a vertical or horizontal control based on their initial gesture. Just look at precentral TouchPad forums to see all the people bitching about the TP’s browser not scrolling vertically–it would wobble all over while scrolling. It’s obvious people want things to scroll a certain way but are unable to control their touch to be perfectly vertical/horizontal thus you must “lock in” that scroll based on some type of heuristical control and “ignore” the slight non-vertical/horizontal movements of the user’s finger.

      Again. . . SOFTWARE PATENTS NEED TO DIE. Apple & MS built their companies by stealing ideas because software patents didn’t exist then. Now they get to f..k everyone with software patents? What a crock!!!