Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Apple and HTC at it again...

Apple have piled on more patent infringement allegations against HTC with the ongoing legal action between the two companies. This is the fourth lawsuit involving the two companies in the US alone. Apple have filed a few complaints previously and HTC are also suing their competitors for patents.

There are five patents included in the new suit according to Apples filing:
“application programming interfaces for scrolling operations”; “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display”; “programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics”; “double-sided touch-sensitive panel with shield and drive combined layer”; and “portable computers”.

There are 17 devices which Apple believe are infringing on their patent, 16 Smartphones and the HTC Flyer Tablet. None of the devices are the newer ones, the Desire is on the list although not the Desire S so Apple obviously think something has changed. “HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place,” said Grace Lei, general counsel, HTC Corporation. “HTC continues to vehemently deny all of Apple’s past and present claims against it and will continue to protect and defend its own intellectual property as it has already done this year.”

HTC have promised to defend both this claim as well as previous claims against it, although we do not know whether they will be filing a law suit against Apple itself.

Here are the following devices for those who are interested:

HTC Droid Incredible
HTC Droid Incredible 2
HTC Wildfire
HTC T-Mobile mytouch 3G
HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
HTC T-Mobile G1
HTC T-Mobile G2
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Aria
HTC Desire
HTC Hero
HTC Merge
HTC Inspire 4G
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Thunderbolt
HTC Thunderbolt 4G

HTC Flyer

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