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Apple Slaps Patent Infringement Lawsuit on Rival HTC

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CUPERTINO, USA – Being at the centre-stage of patent litigation suits over the last few months, Apple has taken to the offensive and slapped a patent infringement case on Taiwan-based leading smartphone manufacturer High Tech Computer Corporation, a.k.a. HTC.

The iPhone manufacturer has accused HTC of violating as many as 20 of Apple’s patents, most relating to user-interface and underlying hardware and architecture of smartphones.

In addition to the lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Delaware, the Cupertino-based manufacturer has also filed an official complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), requesting for a total ban on sales of HTC smartphones within the US territory.

A similar lawsuit and ITC complaint was earlier filed by Apple against Nokia in response to the Finnish manufacturer’s allegation of patent violation by Apple’s iPhone and iPod. The Nokia-Apple patent litigation has presently been put on hold by the Federal Court Judge, allowing the companies to clarify their stands in the ITC.

In the HTC lawsuit, Apple has taken a two-pronged approach of accusing both Windows Mobile and Android based devices from HTC. However, Android-based devices have been specifically targeted under the lawsuit, hinting at possible violations with HTC’s implementation of Android platform in its smartphones. While the Android phones have been labeled as “accused HTC Android products” in the lawsuit, Windows Mobile-based devices have beenĀ labelledĀ as “accused HTC DSP products,” referring to the digital signal processing hardware decoders found in those devices, suggesting issues with hardware implementation, rather than issues with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform.

The alleged handsets include some of the most popular devices from the benches of HTC: Google-branded Nexus One being the most prominent one in the list followed by HD2, Droid Eris, Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro2, Tilt II, Pure, Imagio, Hero, myTouch 3G and the very first Android device, the Dream. The complete list of 20 patents involved in the litigation are:

  • No. 7,362,331: “Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States”
  • No. 7,479,949: “Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics”
  • No. 7,657,849: “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image”
  • No. 7,469,381: “List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display”
  • No. 5,920,726: “System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device”
  • No. 7,633,076: “Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices”
  • No. 5,848,105: “GMSK Signal Processors For Improved Communications Capacity And Quality”
  • No. 7,383,453: “Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor”
  • No. 5,455,599: “Object-Oriented Graphic System”
  • No. 6,424,354: “Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods”
  • No. 5,481,721: “Method For Providing Automatic And Dynamic Translation Of Object Oriented Programming Language-Based Message Passing Into Operating System Message Passing Using Proxy Objects”
  • No. 5,519,867: “Object-Oriented Multitasking System”
  • No. 5,566,337: “Method And Apparatus For Distributing Events In An Operating System”
  • No. 5,929,852: “Encapsulated Network Entity Reference Of A Network Component System”
  • No. 5,946,647: “System And Method For Performing An Action On A Structure In Computer-Generated Data”
  • No. 5,969,705: “Message Protocol For Controlling A User Interface From An Inactive Application Program”
  • No. 6,275,983: “Object-Oriented Operating System”
  • No. 6,343,263: “Real-Time Signal Processing System For Serially Transmitted Data”
  • No. 5,915,131: “Method And Apparatus For Handling I/O Requests Utilizing Separate Programming Interfaces To Access Separate I/O Service”
  • No. RE39,486: “Extensible, Replaceable Network Component System”

As can be seen from the above list, some of the patents such as N0. 6, 275, 983, relating to the Object Oriented Operating System are very generic and difficult to draw a line on violations and innovation. The recent filing goes on to expose a few loop holes in the present system of intellectual property rights.

As seen in the Nokia-Apple patent violation case, HTC can be expected to file a counter-suit on Apple and with Google backing up HTC , the case may drag on for at least a couple of years.

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By , Chief International Correspondent on Mar 5th, 2010 GMT +2


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