All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


HTC loses Apple patent case as iPhone fends off another legal challenge

18 Oct 2011
HTC logo

HTC has lost its first legal case against Apple in the US after a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) found that the iPhone maker did not infringe four of the Taiwanese firm's patents.

The decision is the latest in a string of legal victories for Apple, which has already seen off recent challenges from its chief rival Samsung after winning  victories against the Galaxy Tab maker in Australia and the US.

Intellectual property expert Florian Mueller said the defeat for HTC was not a huge surprise as the case was essentially a gesture by the firm to show its willingness to engage in legal disputes rather than a genuine attempt to derail Apple.

"Even if they [the patents] were successfully enforced, I doubt they would pose a serious threat to Apple. At the time HTC filed its complaint, its patent position was very weak and this was basically just a way of indicating a willingness to fight," he said in a blog post.

"HTC still has the weakest patent portfolio of the three leading Android device makers, but it has since bought patents from various sources and brought additional complaints against Apple," he said.

One of these complaints will come from computer graphics firm S3, set to be acquired by HTC, but Mueller was again doubtful the case would have any noticeable impact on Apple's ongoing dominance.

"In the short term it's doubtful whether the acquisition of S3 Graphics will give HTC decisive leverage against Apple. The ITC had issued an initial determination in S3G's favour, but it was a win of limited commercial impact," he said.

Despite Apple's legal victories its rivals are not giving up, with Samsung taking more legal action against the firm in Japan and Australia, following cases already filed in Italy and France.

This is despite a Dutch court ruling against Samsung over a number of patent claims it had levelled against Apple – a decision that is likely to end the firm's chances of blocking sales of the iPhone 4S in the European Union.

Sales of the iPhone 4S have already wiped the floor with Apple's competition, hitting four million units in the first three days of launch.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Dan Worth
About

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

View Dan's Google+ profile

More on Mobile Software
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

BYOD vs CYOD vs BYOC poll

Which approach is your firm taking to managing employees' mobile devices?
23%
14%
4%
17%
30%
12%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone running Android KitKat 4.4

Sony Xperia Z2 video

We test out the latest Android KitKat flagship from Sony

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv33

Data protection: the key challenges

Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery

rdc2

iPad makes its mark in the enterprise

The iPad can become a supercharged unified communications endpoint, allowing users to enhance their productivity

Java Developers X2 - Oslo

Java, Algorithms, Data Structures, Groovy, Rails, Linux...

Front End Web Developers x2 - Oslo

HTML, CSS (SASS), JavaScript, JQuery, Angular JS, ROR...

Web Developers x3 - work from home

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP/PHP 5, MySQL, LAMP, Subversion...

Front End Web Developers (eCommerce) x3

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, eCommerce Package (Ideally Demandware...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.