I wanted to break this to all our readers, but wanted to make sure that you knew that we are only just learning about this and have not gone over all of it yet. But Apple has files suit against HTC for 20 iPhone Patent infringements! According to Gizmodo: “Apple’s asking for a permanent injunction, which would bar HTC from importing or selling phones here that use these patents, along with triple damages with maximum interest (read: a lot of money).”

As Gizmodo states, all of the 20 patent infringements have nothing to do with Multi-Touch but a host of other things like:

  • "Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States,"
  • "Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics,"
  • "Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,"
  • "List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display,"
  • "System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device,"
  • "Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices,"
  • "Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices,"
  • "Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor,"
  • "Object-Oriented Graphic System,"
  • "Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods,"

The full filing can be found at Gizmodo and like I said, we are looking into it now and will comment more on it as well as we look through everything. Stay tuned and we will bring you more on this.

(via: Gizmodo)

Thanks Marti!

6 COMMENTS

  1. Once again, Apples proves how controlling and monopolistic they are by claiming they own every idea out there. Sure you can patent just about everything when you’re as vague as Apple is with most of it’s patents. “Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics”, “Object-Oriented Operating System”, “Object-Oriented Multitasking System”. Where’s the lawsuit for Palm, Microsoft, Samsung, LG and every other mobile platform that has created a touch screen phone that has an object based operating system! Pretty sure apple didn’t invent any of these ideas either.

    The reason there’s nothing specific about multi-touch is cause Apple didn’t invent multi-touch, they were just the first to implement it on a consumer handheld device. That doesn’t mean Apple innovated the idea.

    Oh and can someone point out where HTC’s image based lockscreen is?

  2. seems like alot of what apple is suing about goes to microsoft. if they are suing htc on some of these things they should also be suing lg and samsung. alot of things also seem like they would be on a device common sense. and also, im pretty sure synaptics would have been the first one with multitouch on a mobile device. they pretty much invented the capacitive touchpad. prolly why they are not suing about that.

    its hard to blame apple. htc is a big threat with their boom in popularity and advertising. devices like the nexus one hurt apple profits. htc has quite alot of phones on all carriers and apple just wants some of that money. theres alot of issues with the iphone, being locked in to hvga for example.

  3. They’ve already got a suit pending against Nokia (I think Nokia filed, but I’m not remembering details at the moment), and have said things about Palm (but have not filed suit yet).

    I suppose if they can’t corner the rest of the market share, they’ll just litigate it…

    This is BAD for the consumer.

  4. Hopefully this will be just the beginning of many lawsuits and Apple will head down the road of Lotus and SCO and concentrate all of their efforts on litigations and not on R&D of their products. I’m tired of Apple’s “we’ll tell you what’s best for you” attitude and all of the fanboy lemmings that buy into it.

    I am a big fan of HTC’s hardware and software. My last 2 phones were the Diamond and TP2 and it will piss me off if both of those purchases put any money in apple’s coffers via lawsuit.

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