Apple embroiled in patent battles

HTC sues company over three smartphone patents, Galaxy Tab EU sale ban temporarily lifted

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Apple embroiled in patent battles Apple is currently being sued in the US by HTC over three smartphone patents. In the EU, the ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been temporarily lifted.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 18, 2011

Apple is currently embroiled in several patent disputes with other smartphone and tablet manufacturers, with the latest being Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC accusing Apple of violating three of its smartphone patents.

In an ongoing dispute between the two companies HTC has filed the latest lawsuit in the US District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, where Apple sued HTC a year ago.

HTC is currently seeking unspecified damages and a ban on Apple using the technologies in question.

Products that would be affected by a possible ban are the iPhone, the iPad tablet computer, Mac notebook and desktop computers and iPod music players.

The HTC patents under question cover such things as integrating a device's computing and communications functions - something basic to all smartphones.

In Europe, the dispute between Apple and Samsung is heating up and the ban on the sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has temporarily been lifted across the EU until the appeal hearing on 25th August.

This is not a permanent lift on the ban, rather, the court in Dussledorf that imposed the preliminary injunction in the first place has suspended its enforcement, however the ban is still in place in Germany, according to Pocket-lint.

Apple sought a ban on the sale of the Samsung device being sold in the EU claiming that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 design copied the iPad 2.

When the lawsuit was brought against Samsung in early August, the presiding judge agreed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed on Apple's intellectual property, copying certain characteristics of the iPad 2.
Samsung has also accused Apple of doctoring one of the pictures of the Galaxy Tab that Apple was using in its evidence, to make it look more like the iPad 2.

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