News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday June 06, 2012.
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This week, Apple filed another complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against HTC stating that HTC's smartphones are still infringing upon Apple's patents. Apple won a decision with the ITC in December of last year, which caused a delay on the import of HTC's One X and EVO 4G LTE smartphones into the U.S. Both smartphones were eventually cleared by customs, with HTC stating that it has developed workarounds for Apple's patent and that its devices are not in violation.
Apparently, Apple disagrees. The company says that 29 of HTC's devices are still in violation of its patents, and it wants an emergency proceeding from the ITC and enforcement to prevent any more infringement by HTC. The patent itself is commonly referred to as the "data tapping" patent, and covers the means to provide a set of options when a user taps on a phone number or email address within a message.
HTC says that it has developed a work around to avoid violating Apple's patent, but in the filing, Apple points out that HTC's new devices, like the One S, still have the feature. The company even provided a screen shot of the function on the One S as evidence of its claims. Apple's patent covers the background processes to make the feature work, not the feature itself, so HTC could have developed another method to implement the feature that does not step on Apple's patents.
The 29 HTC smartphones and tablets that Apple says are still infringing on its patent are the HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V, HTC Inspire 4G, HTC Vivid, HTC Status, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Hero, HTC Hero S, HTC EVO 4G LTE, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO V 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE, HTC myTouch 4G, HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Merge, HTC Rezound, HTC Rhyme, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, HTC EVO View 4G, and the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC.via: FOSS Patents
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