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HTC Seeks Ban On iPhone, iPod touch & iPad US Sales

Gordon Kelly


HTC Seeks Ban On iPhone, iPod touch & iPad US Sales

The legal merry-go-round continues...

Causing something of a stir late last night was news HTC has asked the International Trade Commission to ban all sales of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads in the United States. What for? Alleged infringements relating to power management, diallers and quick-access contact lists - all areas you'd have thought would have been nailed down by now.

"As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible," said HTC's US VP Jason Mackenzie. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."

Yes, much as we love HTC, there seems tenuous logic to this. Surely these features have been in Apple devices for years now so the only sense would seem to be in timing the complaint to have maximum impact. Then again, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with Apple suing HTC back in March?!

That said Apple is taking it from all sides at the moment following multi-touch and Nokia lawsuits last year. While HTC itself hasn't escaped unscathed having controversially agreed in April to pay Microsoft royalties on the Android handsets it makes.

Now on the one hand we must expect companies to protect their intellectual property, but on the other it does seem we've reached the ridiculous stage now. I'm half tempted to sue them all for daring to have devices that make phone calls...


Via Electronista


May 13, 2010, 11:45 am

Surely you only sue someone when they're at the peak of their earnings and their product is most successful. Given that the iPhone sales are losing out now to Android, I think HTC might have got in there just in time...


May 13, 2010, 2:07 pm

As much as i hate this tit for tat suing, it is nice to see king of lawsuits Apple getting a taste of their own medicine.


May 13, 2010, 2:25 pm

I guess all we need now is the heirs to the Graham Bell estate to get involved...

Yawn, Yawn, Yawn...

Tim Sutton

May 13, 2010, 4:51 pm

The patent system is stupid. As a long-time Apple fan (haha) I do of course resent other companies infringing Apples patents, but when all companies involved are being awarded generic sweeping patents that basically say:

"A like, kind of handheld communication device you can sort of poke with a finger" then to be honest they should all just shut up and concentrate on actual design innovation rather than legal blackmail.

However, it's possible I'm still just devastated about Diego Forlan and in a mood.


May 13, 2010, 5:49 pm

Apple is out of line, deserves to be suied and it is going down, you will see...


May 13, 2010, 8:02 pm

I had always thought that the MS software was first utilised or created for Hewlett Packard with the making of the Ipaqs,a rival to the Palm things, remember PDAs?

I second Tim Suttons' comments but feel it's also part of a strategy to delay a competitor, not just claiming dubious ownersip.

And yes, Forlans' second goal was cruel, nay horrific, thank God it wasn't in 3D.


May 13, 2010, 9:10 pm

Left Right Centre Apple is getting suied. And based on what I read here and there and on TR they should do, its 100% fair. Course Apple can afford to pay up and if not then ban them from selling hahaha.


May 14, 2010, 1:13 pm

@Tim Sutton, @Frank

Forlan who? lol

Denis iii

May 14, 2010, 9:07 pm

nice one HTC, give apple a good ol b-slap!

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