HTC revels in minor patents victory over Apple

20 Dec 2011

Taiwan smartphone maker HTC is relishing its victory over Apple in yesterday’s US International Trade Commission intellectual property ruling that found HTC had infringed just one patent out of 10 complaints.

Apple is seeking to have HTC’s smartphones banned from being imported into the US.

Yesterday the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that HTC had infringed just one out of 10 complaints made by Apple.

The ITC rejected two of the four claims on a patent that had been upheld in a previous decision.

HTC has until 19 April to comply with the ruling.

The company said that since the infringing elements identified by the ITC involve only a small part of the user interface it will remove it as soon as possible.

The closely watched case is really only a skirmish in a wider war between Apple and the march of Google’s Android operating system into the smartphone world.

The global patents battle between Apple and Samsung appears more ferocious, impacting on Europe, Korea, the US and Australia.

Last week Australia lifted its ban on the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computers in that country.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years