Apple Gets to Smile in Case against HTC

December 20, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A small victory for Apple in the courtroom, finally! The Cupertino major has partially won the patent case against HTC.

Apple had been entangled in numerous patent imbroglios in Europe, Asia and Australia with other smartphone makers that run Android, most famously its South Korean rival Samsung.

An International Trade Commission (ITC) judge has ruled that HTC had violated two of the four patents. The ITC’s latest ruling, ultimately found that one part of an Apple patent had been infringed.

HTC said the patent in question related to a small user-interface feature often called “data tapping”, which allowed users to grab embedded information, such as a phone number, and do something with it, such as make a call.

The company said they would completely remove the feature from all their phones soon. It is being seen that this removal would allow HTC to avoid any disruption in their business, stateside.

Smartphone technology has spawned a slew of patent litigation. Apple has filed complaints against Samsung, which also uses Android software. Apple had also recently settled a case against Nokia.

Microsoft and Motorola Mobility also have filed smartphone related lawsuits against each other.

But the latest verdict being clearly spelt out, there is ample time for HTC to alter their devices in such a way that there won’t be any further allegations regarding the patents.

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