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Apple could force HTC to remotely cripple smartphones warns patent expert

Apple could force HTC to remotely cripple smartphones warns patent expert

So, Apple and HTC are fighting - and Google are being drawn into the fray - but what does that mean to device users now?  While it would be easy to write-off Apple's patent tantrum as a non-issue to those people toting a Nexus One or HTC Hero, or considering picking up an HTC Legend next month, according to one IP expert the repercussions could have surprising impact not only on future handsets but on existing smartphones.

Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain reckons the HTC/Apple case could have parallels with the TiVo/EchoStar lawsuit that kicked off all the way back in 2004.  There, after a protracted battle, EchoStar were forced to update their existing DVRs with software that removed the contentious functionality.  In fact, Zittrain says that "if the court were to side with Apple and issue an injunction that insists HTC kill the phone, or at least some of its functionality, they easily could."

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Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google.  HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation.  Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.

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Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Sad faces over at HTC today, we'd wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend.  Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it's UI, architecture or hardware.  It's also accompanied by the usual "create your own tech, don't steal ours" quote from CEO Steve Jobs.

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Nokia and Samsung extend patent deal for five years

Nokia and Samsung extend patent deal for five years

Patents are the bread-and-butter of the mobile market with many legal battles fought in court to secure and enforce them. Huge amounts of money change hands as technology company's license patents held by others. Nokia and Samsung have announced that they have extended their patent agreement adding another five years to the deal.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Google settled its antitrust case with the FTC, avoiding fines in return for agreeing to license its standard-essential patents and removing advertising limits. The BlackBerry Z10 has leaked for Verizon and AT&T, while the ZTE P945 phablet has been revealed in leaked renders. Samsung has confirmed its oft-rumored Tizen handsets for 2013, with ASUS announcing a Leap Motion partnership today that will bring gesture controls to its PCs.

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Samsung’s 2012

Samsung’s 2012

The strength of Samsung's 2012 depends on whether you're in the South Korean company's product team or its legal team. Seldom does a single firm see such a mixture of fate in the same product segment: huge success - both in sales and user reaction - to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, versus a billion-dollar judgement against Samsung at the hands of arch-rival (and key components customer) Apple. All in a year's work for a company described as both an "arch copyist" and a capable innovator.

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Samsung requests to have iPad mini added to lawsuit

Samsung requests to have iPad mini added to lawsuit

Following Samsung's recent victory in having the iPhone 5 added to the present lawsuit between it and Apple, the Korean company has now requested that the recently-launched iPad mini also be added. The Apple device allegedly infringes on two wireless technology patents and several other feature patents that are used for both varieties of the mini iPad. In addition, Samsung has also pursued whether it properly went after the iPod Touch, stating that it will do so if necessary.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 12th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 12th, 2012

This morning we're seeing our fair share of legal matters from over the weekend, two giants coming first from Apple. The Swiss rail clock they use in iOS 6 appears to have costed them a cool $21 million bucks while their HTC 10-year agreement is sure to go down in the record books as legendary. Then of course there's the whole Samsung UK iPad note situation continuing on. For those of you looking to keep your eyes out of the legal universe, NVIDIA has your back with a lovely new set of details on Tesla K20, the newest most powerful GPU on the planet.

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