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ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

The U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that HTC and Nokia should not be found liable of patent infringement vs Apple Inc. Today marked the start of an ITC trial in Washington where Apple is attempting to ban imports of HTC's mobile phones into the US. They are also moving to block imports of some Nokia devices. This recommendation is not binding, but it does mark the bureaucratic position of the US government, ostensibly the will of the people, in this matter.

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Apple’s 42 Patent Litigation Actions Against Motorola and HTC, and Vice Versa

Apple’s 42 Patent Litigation Actions Against Motorola and HTC, and Vice Versa

Holy crap look at all of that legal battle logistic mapping. This is a simplified view of the battles Apple has currently waged against Android phone manufacturers Motorola and HTC. Seems simple, doesn't it? This is a collection of cases that, with any luck, will be completed in oh, a decade? Can you imagine the intricacies involved here? The chart above and the study involved is done by none other than Florian Meuller of FOSS Patents. This man has created a 25 page PDF document to simplify the madness that's occurring, updated with the graphic you see below today.

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Apple masses legal team ahead of Nokia patent showdown

Apple masses legal team ahead of Nokia patent showdown

Apple has bolstered its legal team in the run-up to its Nokia ITC showdown this week, with general counsel Bruce Sewell calling on patent lawyers with track records from electronics and pharmaceutical cases, and even previous Apple defeats. According to Bloomberg, in addition to the freshly-recruited in-house attorney, Noreen Krall, previously of Sun Microsystems Inc, Apple will take advice from at least three big-name experts as they challenge Nokia's allegations that the iPhone and other Apple devices infringe the Finnish company's patents.

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Apple: “We constantly refresh the content on Apple.com”

Apple: “We constantly refresh the content on Apple.com”

You might have seen speculation earlier today over Apple's removal of its antenna testing videos from the  company's attenuation page, including rumors of legal action from rivals or even backtracking on their stance over the iPhone 4.  Apple reached out to us this afternoon to dismiss the hearsay, telling us that the update is merely part of their drive to "constantly refresh" their content.

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Apple sue HTC again over further patent infringement

Apple sue HTC again over further patent infringement

It seems Apple hasn't had enough of litigation in recent months, and have filed another suit against HTC this week.  The new case, made in the same Delaware court as their March 2010 suit, alleges that HTC impinges on two additional patents on top of the twenty initially mentioned.  These are 6,282,646 and 7,380,116, both titled "System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration" but granted in 2001 and 2008 respectively.

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HTC sue Apple; petition ITC to freeze US iPhone, iPad & iPod imports

HTC sue Apple; petition ITC to freeze US iPhone, iPad & iPod imports

The ongoing legal bust-up between Apple and HTC has taken another turn for the litigious today, with HTC suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.  They're not just looking for a slap on the wrist and a chunky pay-check, either; HTC have filed a complaint with the ITC requesting that importation and sales of not only the iPhone but the iPod and iPad be halted in the US.

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HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

Microsoft have announced that they've signed a patent agreement that will see Microsoft IP in use on HTC Android devices.  The specific patents themselves are unnamed - Microsoft only confirm that the agreement "provides broad coverage" across their portfolio - but one assumption is that HTC are hoping to prevent further legal battles such as that currently ongoing with Apple.  For instance, Altimeter Group analyst (and SlashGear columnist) Michael Gartenberg reckons that the agreement will redefine the notion of Android being a "free" platform, since device manufacturers will have to take care to protect themselves from litigation.

Updated after the cut (and Update 2 with official Microsoft statement)

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ITC to investigate Apple’s claims of HTC patent theft

ITC to investigate Apple’s claims of HTC patent theft

Apple's legal case against HTC - in which they allege the smartphone manufacturer impinged on their intellectual property with various Android and Windows Mobile based handsets - has been green-lighted by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).  The decision means that, within the next 45 days, the ITC must announce a date by which it expects to have come to a conclusion over whether HTC did, in fact, infringe Apple patents; if it finds in Apple's favor, HTC could be forced to block functionality in their devices or even barred from importing them into the US altogether.

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HTC “disagrees with Apple’s actions”; reiterates plan to fight it out

HTC “disagrees with Apple’s actions”; reiterates plan to fight it out

First color touchscreen smartphone in 2002; first gesture-based smartphone in 2007; first 4G WiMAX smartphone in 2008... HTC have been laying their history out on the table, and it's all designed to show Apple - and other industry observers - that they're crowd leaders, not crowd followers.  The company's latest response to Apple's patent legal threat has been to wheel out its record of innovation.

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Microsoft welcome HTC/Apple patent battle

Microsoft welcome HTC/Apple patent battle

With several Windows Mobile devices named in Apple's patent suit against HTC, you'd be forgiven for expecting Microsoft to have a few words of quiet support for their hardware partners.  However it seems Microsoft are quite looking forward to a general battle; speaking at an IP convention last week, Brad Smith, the company's general counsel and senior vice president told amassed lawyers that "the fact that there's litigation in this area is not necessarily a bad thing."

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