HTC infringe Apple patents; legal problems will now hit all Android manufacturers

17Jul11

HTC, the brand that has established its place firmly among technophiles, compared to the design and fashion conscious Apple iPhone owners, has hit some legal problems.

While HTC have focused on Android, the open sourced smartphone operating system. Apple successfully challenged 2 patent infringements by HTC in the courts in the last week.

The two Apple patents that HTC infringe are as follows:

U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 on a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.”
U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263 on a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.”

Apple have a history of protecting their intellectual property rigorously, forcing competitors to withdraw or invent alternative technologies, rather than licence usage rights to them. So HTC face a significant problem over coming months.

The intellectual rights issues raised will also affect other manufacturers that have adopted Android.

Read more at ZDnet: Here

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