Apple Wins Some, Loses Others in Smartphone Patent War

Lora Bentley

On the many-sided patent-litigation front, Apple is winning some, but losing others. Considering how many different patent suits the company has in the works right now, the mixed bag of results is to be expected. But that doesn't mean the losses don't sting. The fact that new intellectual property counsel are trying to get themselves up to speed on all the different suits probably doesn't help, either.


AppleInsider reported Monday the International Trade Commission decided Kodak did not violate digital imaging patents held by Apple. The dispute began in January last year when Kodak filed two suits in federal court in New York, alleging Apple's iPhone violated the camera company's intellectual property. Three months later, Apple filed a countersuit with the ITC. Monday's decision addresses that countersuit.



According to AppleInsider, the commission's decision upholds the recommendation of an ITC staffer that found "one of Apple's patents invalid and ... that [Kodak] had not infringed on either patent."


On a happier note for Apple, an ITC investigator issued a preliminary ruling Friday that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC violated two Apple patents. If the full commission upholds the ruling in December, Apple will have stronger grounds upon which to sue other smartphone makers who use the Android operating system. Moreover, The Hill reports:

[I[f the Commission rules in favor of Apple, it could ban HTC products from entering the U.S without Apple's permission.

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Jul 20, 2011 3:06 AM Trademark Application Trademark Application  says:

Google's executive chairman is sticking his mouth into the middle of the Apple vs HTC battle. Eric Schmidt defended HTC against a company where he used to sit on the board of directors.

At Google's Mobile Conference in Tokyo on Tuesday, Schmidt pledged Google's support for HTC in its patent battle against Apple. HTC is appealing a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling that the company trespassed on two Apple patents with its Google Android-based smartphones. Apple had charged that HTC violated 10 patents.


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