A judge rules HTC doesn't violate Apple's patents
Yep, Apple and HTC are fighting multiple legal battles across Europe and the US.
However, an UK court handed down a ruling saying that HTC does not violate Apple's patents.
Yes, Apple and HTC are also battling over patents across Europe and the US.
However, in the UK, a judge ruled out that HTC smartphones are not in violation of any of the EU patents Apple brought to the court.
These were the four patents at stake:The UK court handed down a ruling that HTC does not violate four Apple patents, including the infamous slide-to-unlock claim.
What's more, the judge ruled that three of the four patents in question were not valid, among them the aforementioned unlocking design. The only one of the four patents that stood at the end of the day was related to scrolling through images in the photo management app, but HTC did not infringe upon the claim.
With Apple's recent legal victories over the last couple of weeks, it was time a Judge ruled against them.- Unlocking a device by performing a gesture on an image.
- The use of a multilingual keyboard offering different alphabets on portable devices, including mobile phones.
- A system to determine which elements of a screen were activated by single-finger touches; which were activated multi-finger touches and which ignored touches altogether.
- Letting a user drag an image beyond its limits and then showing it bounce back into place to illustrate that they had reached its furthest edge.
So, UK citizens -at least- don't have to fear over a similar ban on HTC devices, any time soon.
NEWS SOURCE #1: UK Judge rules HTC doesn't violate Apple's patents invalidates (via) EnGadget
NEWS SOURCE #2: Technology #18709232 (via) BBC News
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