If apple wins suit, a BAN of HTC phones in the U.S.?

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  1. andrew53517

    andrew53517 Well-Known Member
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    Apple's HTC Complaint Is Officially Moving Forward - Apple htc lawsuit - Gizmodo

    The ITC has agreed to investigate Apple's complaint against HTC. It'll be a long process, and this in no way indicates how the ITC might eventually rule, but an Apple victory could mean a US ban of HTC phones.


    That'll stink, they will have to stop making phones too! Android will take a major hit with this! Wow apple needs to stop being such p****ys when competition scares them!

    What do you guys think? What would that mean for current owners of an HTC device like the Nexus One? Would we just not get updates anymore from google because it's an HTC device or is it just future phones? ... I really hope they don't win.. ughh :mad:
     

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  2. Mike B

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    Well you could just import the phones as it's a US only patent infringement?
     
  3. theartfullodger

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    Sigh!

    (Apologies if this is a shock to some..) but there are other parts of the world with users who buy 'phones... and other parts of the world with economies in much better shape than, say, USofA or UK...


    I think HTC is a safe bet for anyone investing in them...


    Cheers!

    Lodger
     
  4. smitty24

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    just think how exclusive the nexus 1 will be then :p
     
  5. SnotF

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    Its doubtful that's what a win would mean. Its a civil suit for damages. So HTC would have to pay apple. , and even then they'd go through an exhaustive appeal process. You're looking at years before the outcome is decided. Our n1s and 3gs will be obsolete long before any binding decision is reached. Even if they didn't though, I think its more likely they'd simply disable the features in question with an ota.
     
  6. crabman

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    What state is Scotland in? :D
     
  7. andrew53517

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    See that's what I thought.. that makes me feel better :)
     
  8. bravesfan171

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    This is a case that will go on for years probably, unless HTC wants to reach a settlement with them quickly. But then, Apple is not too friendly when it comes to lawsuits either. HTC has already said they will fight back, which is admirable but a bit scary. We just need to hope this thing gets through quickly, and with not much impact on consumers! This could last anywhere from a year or two to a decade.
     
  9. xbrokdikdogx

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    Actually isn't Apple itself looking at 2 or 3 cases against them for infringement also? These things tend to take time to work out, but they eventually do. I doubt we, as consumers, will feel any of this since it will most likely end up being settled one way or the other. I personally am so tired of all the patent issues arising lately. I was just reading about the patent MS is trying to get for the windows phone 7 UI, a continuous desktop that scrolls horizontally or vertically past the dimensions of the screen and has multimedia stuff on top of the different desktops. Sounds an awful lot like the UI for android and HTC Sense doesn't it?
     
  10. bravesfan171

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    Yes, software copyright today is a mess today. It's all screwed up and there's nothing that is a good staple to judge a copyright suit of software. Should be very interesting to watch this case and the many that will start up because of this one.
     
  11. wxman2002

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    This is not good news! So even if the ITC rules in favor of HTC, that decision won't come for 45 to 60 days, which means the phones are going to sit on the docks until then and not be available to Verizon customers until June. So no N1 or Incredible until June. Oddly, this is about the same time of the supposed announcement of the iPhone coming to Verizon. Coincidence? I think not.
     
  12. noisemonkey

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    That would really suck, I'd be rooting my phone straight away if there was a chance that would happen.
     
  13. digo21

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    This makes no sense. They do not have to stop selling the phones or releasing phone until they are ordered to by the court. Assuming this even does happen it will take years.
     
  14. cyberbob25

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    If Apple were to win an emergency injunction (which I think I ready somewhere they have filed), HTC would be forced to stop selling the phones (unless overturned on appeal) until the main suit has been settled. An injunction ruling will not take years...that usually happens pretty quick, if it's going to happen.

    None the less, your original point still applies...nothing will be "just sitting" on the loading docks until such a ruling forces them to stop selling.

    Requisite disclaimer: IANL
     
  15. digo21

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    Interesting never knew a company had that right. Kind of BS if apple gets it though because its not like these HTC phones are forcing apple out of buisness.
     
  16. theartfullodger

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  17. crabman

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    Sorry artful, its an old joke that I botched anyways so its my bad that it sailed over your head. Anyhow, no harm meant, carry on.
     
  18. Covert_Death

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    innocent until proven guilty, basically until there is an outcome in the courts (years to come) HTC has legally done nothing wrong and can continue to sell as many phones wherever they like.

    if what you say were the case, companies would be suing competing companies left and right just to stall their competing products a few months, but fortunately that is not how things are done.
     
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