Apple is at it again this week. After HTC initially managed to satisfy and pass the US International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation into Apple’s patent dispute, they are under the gun again this week. Apple has filed for the same or similar patent infringement again on multiple HTC devices, and wants them all banned.
Apple reported that 29 of HTC’s phone infringe on the patent — including the new HTC One X, S, and V — and have asked for another ban of the products into the USA. According to FOSS Patents even after all the software changes HTC made to “get around” this patent issue, they still manage to completely violate a few.
Apple’s “data tapping” IP described as a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” is their background technology that powers the menu options shown above. Since HTC has already been cleared of this patent by the ITC, and allowed to ship the One X and EVO 4G LTE to customers most likely this won’t hold up. If it does however, these devices could potentially all be effected: HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V, HTC Inspire 4G, HTC Vivid, HTC Status, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Hero, HTC Hero S, HTC EVO 4G LTE, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO V 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE, HTC myTouch 4G, HTC myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Merge, HTC Rezound, HTC Rhyme, HTC ThunderBolt, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, HTC EVO View 4G, and the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC.
So basically almost every HTC phone (laughs) in the USA. Hopefully Apple and HTC can put this all behind them when they meet together in August for patent settlement talks.[via SlashGear]