Apple is getting one step closer to winning the legal victory against HTC and consequently Android. Apple has been gathering a positive experience in this area for already several years, as Samsung has seen on itself when its Galaxy Tab received an injunction ban on sales in Germany and Australia. HTC, however, still believes it will avoid the fate of Samsung in its patent struggles with Apple.
In July HTC heard the Administrative Court judge Carl Charneski decided only two patents were infringed by HTC from the ten infringement claims brought against it by Apple. One of the infringements the court confirmed was a technology of push-to-talk on a phone number within email. But this is one of significant features of any Android smartphone. The court decided further, that the HTC smartphones, which have the technology infringing Apple’s patents, may not be imported in the country unless HTC modifies them technologically in a way as to avoid infringement.
HTC has announced they are content with the court proceedings and announced they will comply with the court’s recommendation and will completely remove the infringed component (patent 647 related to user interface) from all its devices. But the issue here is certainly not HTC, but Apple’s global fight against its number one “enemy” – Android.