HTC says Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod should be banned in the US (but this will never happen)
Initially, Apple said HTC infringed 20 of its patents, and now HTC fights back, saying that it’s actually Apple that infringes some of its patents – 5 of them, more exactly.
Just like Nokia (which fights its own patent war with Apple), HTC added the iPad to the list of Apple devices that allegedly infringe patents, and is now asking the ITC (International Trade Commission) to “halt the importation and sale” of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the US.
HTC’s five patents included in the new complaint are:
- Patent #6,999,800 – “method for power management of a smartphone”
- Patent #5,541,988 – “telephone dialer with a personalized page organization of telephone directory memory”
- Patent #6,058,183 – “telephone dialer with a personalized page organization of telephone directory memory”
- Patent #6,320,957 – “telephone dialer with easy access memory”
- Patent #7,716,505 – “power control methods for a portable electronic device”
Assuming the court rules against Apple and says its devices indeed infringe HTC’s patents, the Cupertino company will likely pay whatever it takes so that it can continue selling products in its home country. So the iPhone, iPad and iPod will never be banned in the US, I’m more than sure of it. Apple and HTC will probably settle this behind closed doors, but first they want a bit of free publicity.