The saga between HTC and Apple continues as the fight after the ITC ruled in favor of Apple over two patents rages on. It was decided on Friday that HTC had indeed violated the two patents in question, giving Apple the lead in the seemingly never ending patent battle. However, after an examination of the two patents, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) revealed some bad news for Android makers - these patent violations may apply to virtually every Android device on the market and in the consumer's hands.
HTC is trying their best to defend these patents via appeal, however the final decision by the commission is set for December 6, 2011. If HTC is not able to make this appeal in front of the ITC, this could be a major roadblock for Android handset manufacturers around the world. The commission has the power to ban imports for products that violate patents, which could devastate the Android market if their ruling blocks multiple Android manufacturers on patent violations.
The patents that HTC was found to have violated are listed below:
- 5,946,647 - "System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data
- 6,343,263 - "Real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data"
To make matters worse for Android, an in-depth analysis by Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents reveals that the violations are not just found by the enhancements on HTC's part - they are part of the entire Android structure. This reinforces the above statement which could really be a huge setback for Android manufacturers.
The question becomes - will HTC fight back by ensuing violations on Apple or is this the closing chapter for the HTC vs. Apple battle?