HTC on Wednesday filed a patent complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission. The new filing is actually an amended complaint filed previously with the ITC, but it now cites nine new patents previously owned by Google but transferred to HTC just last week. Prior to being held by Google, four of the patents were registered to Motorola, currently the $12.5 billion apple of Google’s eye. Motorola had apparently transferred the patents to Google at some point over the past year. The other five were previously owned by Palm and Openwave before Google took ownership and then passed them to HTC. While Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility has yet to receive regulatory approval, it looks like Google is already arming itself and its partners to protect Android against Apple and other companies currently targeting the platform. More →
The patent war between Apple and Samsung never seems to stop. The warring heads are back after a breather. Reuters reports that the latter has accused the former of violating four of its patents which also includes the use of emoticons. Samsung Electronics has filed fresh claims against Apple Inc over alleged patent infringements in Germany. The two companies have been conflicting over breaches pertaining to WCDMA for 3G mobile handsets owned by Samsung. "(Samsung) made four more claims; two are standard-related patents and the other two are utility patents. And a court said it would make these claims separate from the April lawsuit," the spokesman said. LA Times mentions that Samsung does own a patent on use of emoticons in its smartphones and had won the European rights to it in the year 2000. Now, when you look into your iPhone on the Japanese keyboard under Settings>General>Keyboard>International Keyboards, you will see an emoticon option. The very menu that pops out happens to be the weak spot for Apple, and this is how the American giant seems to have landed up in trouble. Samsung had earlier seemed to have an upper hand in the fight when an Australian court lifted a ban on the sale of its Galaxy tablets in December. But the South Korean tech giant's glory was spoilt when it lost bid to block Apple 4S sales in France.