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    Apple Having a Hard Time Trying to Invalidate HTC Patents in a U.S. Court


    Well, the Apple vs. Samsung case certainly seemed to end up rather lopsided in Apple's favor, but it doesn't appear that will happen across the board in Apple's other patent wars. According to a new report from CNET, the judge in that case, Justice Thomas Pender, seems to be taking a more fair and balanced approach. Just in case you forgot some of the details of some of the Apple vs. HTC (and vice versa) cases, here's the breakdown:
    • In 2010, Apple sued HTC claiming several patent violations, and the initial ruling was in Apple's favor on two patent violations. HTC developed workarounds to bypass the patent violations.
    • In 2011, HTC filed a counter-offensive lawsuit. Google sold some WiFi patents to Motorola and they used them to sue Apple claiming they violated these patents. HTC was asking for an import ban of Apple's line of Macs, iPads, iPods, iPhones, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
    • Also, earlier this year, HTC scored a major victory in its defense against Apple in the U.K., where a judge ruled that three of the four Apple patents they were suing HTC on were invalid, and that the fourth was simply not being infringed.

    So now we come to another separate case where Apple is being sued by HTC. HTC accused Apple of infringing on two 4G technology patents. If the court rules in favor of HTC, it could lead to an import ban on 4G enabled Apple devices including the new iPad, and the iPhone 5 which is set to launch soon (since it is likely to include the same 4G tech that is in the current iPad). Apple argued that the case should be thrown out because HTC's patents aren't valid. Justice Pender has made it clear that this he is unlikely to be convinced of this. In reference to determining whether a patent should be issued, there are several quotes from him (in no particular order), "Clear and convincing means something to me. I have to be pretty darn certain a U.S. patent is invalid. I don’t care if they bought these patents to sue you or not. [The patents] are a property right."

    This definitely makes it seem that Apple has an uphill battle to stave off this lawsuit from HTC. Additionally, some other statements that the Judge made are encouraging because seem to indicate that he keeps up with the mobile tech world. Here's a quote with some details,

    Pender has already shown he is clued into the tech scene, asking Apple’s lawyers whether the September 12 event is, indeed, to launch a new LTE-enabled iPhone. “It will be thinner and the screen bigger?” he asked lawyer Michael McKeon, pointing out “that’s what the blogs are saying.”
    Well, at least it's nice to see that some of the Apple vs. "the world" lawsuits are in reasonable hands.

    Thanks for the tip, WERA689!

    Source: SlashGear
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    It looks like David just might take down Golliath. GO HTC!!!!

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    So now HTC and Samsung have LTE patent disputes against Apple and judging by the articles, both Samsung and HTC seem confident in their case.
    Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgstorm View Post
    Apple argued that the case should be thrown out because HTC's patents aren't valid.

    hahahahhaaaaaa, Apple has no room to talk about patents being valid or not! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaSHa View Post
    hahahahhaaaaaa, Apple has no room to talk about patents being valid or not! lol
    My guess is since it is not an Apple patent it can not be valid by Apples line of thought. This case should be interesting to see. To bad Samsung did not get a judge like this on their trial.
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    I am for against a potential ban on the iPhone 5, if it were to happen.

    Part of me, the part that loves Android and loves the progression that is made through the competative tech market, wants to see Apple pay for the crap they pulled with Samsung.

    The other part thinks it would be a bad thing if the iPhone 5 were banned. My reasoning is purely economic. If the iPhone 5 got banned that would me that Apple would lose all that income they were predicting as well as the money they would lose by having to take the phone back and get the radio's changed so that they werent infringing. The loss of money would be a trickle down affect and could result in the loss of jobs (in a worst case senario).

    It's all hypothetical but could become a reality depending on the new on Sept 12th and what happens after that.

    just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJPalmer85 View Post
    I am for against a potential ban on the iPhone 5, if it were to happen.

    Part of me, the part that loves Android and loves the progression that is made through the competative tech market, wants to see Apple pay for the crap they pulled with Samsung.

    The other part thinks it would be a bad thing if the iPhone 5 were banned. My reasoning is purely economic. If the iPhone 5 got banned that would me that Apple would lose all that income they were predicting as well as the money they would lose by having to take the phone back and get the radio's changed so that they werent infringing. The loss of money would be a trickle down affect and could result in the loss of jobs (in a worst case senario).

    It's all hypothetical but could become a reality depending on the new on Sept 12th and what happens after that.

    just my .02

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    Or apple should pony up and pay the licensing fees. They love to claim they are the most valuable company with their vast money reserves...use it and pay what they are supposed to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJPalmer85 View Post
    I am for against a potential ban on the iPhone 5, if it were to happen.

    Part of me, the part that loves Android and loves the progression that is made through the competative tech market, wants to see Apple pay for the crap they pulled with Samsung.

    The other part thinks it would be a bad thing if the iPhone 5 were banned. My reasoning is purely economic. If the iPhone 5 got banned that would me that Apple would lose all that income they were predicting as well as the money they would lose by having to take the phone back and get the radio's changed so that they werent infringing. The loss of money would be a trickle down affect and could result in the loss of jobs (in a worst case senario).

    It's all hypothetical but could become a reality depending on the new on Sept 12th and what happens after that.

    just my .02

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    Apple will not lose any jobs for being banned cause we know its only temporary but Apple needs to be humbled.
    They need to remember where they come from and realize that their tech is nothing new in terms of innovation. It was improved upon over time which is no different then Android and yet, Jobs claim that it was stolen tech even though his infamous quote in 97 was
    "Artists copy and Great Artists steal."

    Time to take them back and follow it up with a smack, not just in their face but in their pockets.
    An eye for an eye principle is a terrible idea but it can def make them understand.

    Its like a punchline to a joke.
    Now they get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnomaz View Post
    Or apple should pony up and pay the licensing fees. They love to claim they are the most valuable company with their vast money reserves...use it and pay what they are supposed to.
    Here's the problem. In the patent infringement suit Apple filed against Samsung, their request for damages detailed that Samsung should pay them $24 per phone for violating their design patents (i.e. rectangular phone with rounded corners). Adding in the other patents, Apple wanted about $30 per phone from Samsung. Apple based their damages on the "retail" price of the phones found to be in violation.

    When Samsung filed a patent infringement suit against Apple for infringing on their wireless radio patents, and Apple lost, it was determined that Samsung had to allow Apple to license the patents under FRAND rules. Apple felt that a fair price to pay Samsung for their patents was less than half a cent per phone (0.0049 to be exact). Apple based the price on the manufacturer's cost of the radio chips found to be in violation.
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