HTC wasted no time circumventing a ban the International Trade Commission levied against the company for violating two of Apple’s software related patents.
HTC mentioned the patent workaround at a joint announcement today alongside Google Mobile Senior Vice President Any Rubin. It appears both companies anticipated the ITC’s ban and were actively prepping a solution before the ruling was even made. The infringing patents No. 5,946,647: "System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data" and No. 6,343,263: "Real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data" aren’t nearly as important as first suspected.
"The majority of these patents [in Apple's complaint against HTC] were claimed in the operating system itself, but actually in this case what was allowed...is some user interface feature of an application, not the operating system itself, so that's why I'm very optimistic in basically my desire to achieve patent peace on the overall platform” — Rubin.
Moral of the story for handset makers: know Apple will sue you eventually, assume they will win, and be prepared. I wonder what the 21st century version of Aesop's Fables would be like?
Source: Bloomberg & WSJ