Apple wins a victory in the patent war in which it is involved. This time the contender is HTC, which sees its products banned or limited from being sold in the US from April 2012. To avoid this, they must eliminate some functions that make use of patents registered by Apple
We continue with the fight around patents that entertain us as well as harm us, and I am referring to the battle, not the war, that Apple has won this time against the Taiwanese company HTC, manufacturer among others of the first Google phone, Nexus One.
The basis of such decision is found in the ruling adopted by the International Trade Commission of the United States (ITC), in which it states that the Thai HTC violated two of Apple’s patents in some models they market and that run under the Android operating system.
Without getting into technical complications, the core of the demand is based on their use of a service protocol that allows, among other things, a user to make a call, just by clicking on a phone number that would have been sent to him by mail .
The banning and veto measure is not immediate; its effective date is set for April 19, 2012, and will affect, among other models, such popular phones as Nexus One. The only way to avoid this measure, is to modify the characteristics of the phones that make use of these patents or, in the most extreme case, to eliminate them.
The Taiwanese company has responded consistently to this decision, stating that they will try to remove these features from the mobile phones they market, because this is not easy. In the third quarter of this year alone, more than half of all smartphones sold in the US were made with the green android running around in them.
And this brings us to what we commented the other day in the post about the Apple vs. Samsung confrontation, where it is the street user who is the main victim in these economic wars, since he is either limited in the market of consumer goods he can choose, or he is deprived of a feature he had paid for and which was functional in the device in question.