Apple suffers UK patent defeat to HTC

2012-07-04 21:56

London - Taiwan's HTC on Wednesday won a London court ruling against US technology giant Apple over a series of patent infringement claims linked to technology used in its mobile devices.

London's High Court said in a ruling carried on its website that HTC's devices did not infringe four Apple technology patents, including Apple's "slide-to-unlock" feature.

HTC also challenged patents on the Apple iPhone's multi-touch system and the way the iPhone manages photographs.

Apple is also fighting patent lawsuits against South Korean rival Samsung.

HTC has been embroiled in a string of battles with Apple, forcing it at one point to delay the launch of one of its flagship devices in the United States, once its biggest market.

Earlier this week a US trade panel turned down Apple's request to immediately ban some HTC smartphones from being imported into the United States because of accusations that they infringe an Apple patent.

The International Trade Commission said in December that some HTC smartphones infringed an Apple patent for technology that allows users to click on phone numbers or other data in an email or other document to either dial directly or bring up more information.

  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-07-04 22:31

    Apple tops Microsoft, Oracle and Google by faaaar as the greediest technology company out there. Some legacy Jobs left behind...

      Koos - 2012-07-05 06:50

      Yip. They even stole the tablet idea from Bill Gates.

      benard.wiese - 2012-07-05 08:02

      Who in turn stole the idea from Captain Picard ?

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-17 17:03

      Apple busy with iCrap...

  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-07-05 10:00

    stop stealing apple ideas!!! make your own noobs!!!! apple is going to take you all out of business because you can't think of something original

      wo0two0t - 2012-07-05 10:42

      Only fools fall for Apples marketing hype.

      Neven.Subrayal - 2012-07-05 10:56

      The same can be said to Apple, stealing ideas from Star-trek. If companies don't allow for competition and don't see the full potential of what they have until someone else betters it then we would be sitting with bricks for phones and stuck to our desk if you wanted to use a computer. If it was left to Edison we would be using DC power to light up our homes.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-17 17:04

      And what exactly has Apple invented that is their own?

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