Gizmodo is reporting that Apple has filed a patent lawsuit against HTC for patent infringement. According to Gizmodo, Apple has filed a suit against HTC citing over 20 cases of patent infringement related to the iPhone’s user interface and hardware. This suit follows Apples successful suit against Nokia just a couple of weeks ago. Just what these patients are referring to is beyond me. Every time I try to read the list of patents my eyes start glazing over, so we’re going to have to wait till some lawyers get a look at the list of patents. But from what I can tell Apples patients sound kind of vague.
I'll give you an example. Here is the first patent on the list;
The ‘331 Patent, entitled "Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States," was duly and legally issued on April 22, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.Your guess is as good as mine what this patent means.
Whatever the case, Apple appears to be taking this action rather seriously, filing for an injunction to prevent HTC from selling their phones in the US. Pretty well all of HTC’s Windows Mobile and Android based phones fall under this patent suit, which is kind of troubling. Strangely enough though, Google is not in this lawsuit, even though it seems that Apple is taking aim at their Android operating system.
I really hate patent lawsuits. To be honest I don't know how someone could really patent a process. Sure if it was wholesale copying of Apples hardware or operating system I would agree with Apple. But this just sounds like a monopolist wanting to hold on to his business. I can understand Apple needing to protect their patents. I just believe that Apple probably shouldn't have gotten some of these patients in the first place.
Hopefully, some of these patients will get struck down. Apple needs competition in order to keep them innovative.