Apple accuses HTC of infringing 20 patents

    Apple sues HTCSuddenly, unexpectedly, Apple issued a press release claiming Taiwanese HTC to infringe on 20 patents. An official press release quotes Steve himself:

    We can sit and watch how competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We decided to take action. We believe that the competition in the market is healthy, but competitors should create their own unique technologies, and not steal ours.

    Well, a statement in such an ultimatum form can be considered as recognition of HTC. Steve had previously made harsh remarks, but given the fact that HTC has been developing communicators for many years, they probably will have a couple of hundred patents in their sleeves. I also recall that the TouchFlo interface was introduced earlier than the first iPhone.

    Representatives of engadget contacted HTC and received the answer:

    We only became aware of Apple's intentions from the press release. A court document has not yet been handed in, so we cannot comment on the charges so far. We respect the value of patent rights, but we also want to protect our own innovations. We invent and patent our own technologies for over 13 years.

    Apple has prepared more than 700 pages with a description of the claims, and also indicated a list of specific HTC models that are subject to distribution, including the Nexus One, Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro2, Tilt II, Pure, Imagio, Dream / G1, myTouch 3G, Hero, HD2, Droid Eris.

    Apple focuses on devices with Android and Sense UI on board, a short list of claims: the use of gestures to unlock the device, the algorithm for correcting user input, as well as a number of functionality that HTC used to build the interface.

    Source: Engadget

    Short list of patents:
    • The '331 Patent, entitled "Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States," was duly and legally issued on April 22, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • The '949 Patent, entitled “Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics,” was duly and legally issued on January 20, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '949 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit B.
    • The '849 Patent, entitled “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,” was duly and legally issued on February 2, 2010 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '849 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
    • The '381 Patent, entitled "List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display," was duly and legally issued on December 23, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '381 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit D.
    • The '726 Patent, entitled “System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device,” was duly and legally issued on July 6, 1999 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '726 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit E.
    • The '076 Patent, entitled "Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices," was duly and legally issued on December 15, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '076 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit F.
    • The '105 Patent, entitled "GMSK Signal Processors For Improved Communications Capacity And Quality," was duly and legally issued on December 8, 1998 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '105 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit G.
    • The '453 Patent, entitled "Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor," was duly and legally issued on June 3, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '453 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit H.
    • The '599 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Graphic System,” was duly and legally issued on October 3, 1995 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '599 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit I.
    • The '354 Patent, entitled “Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods,” was duly and legally issued on July 23, 2002 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '354 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit J.

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