In one of its many legal battles that the company has found itself in, Apple is beginning to realize that you simply can’t win them all. I’m pretty sure the iOS maker has had lawsuits with every larger manufacturer in the business including HTC, LG, Samsung, and Motorola. Even as big an Apple fan boy that I am, I get tired of the court room news, so it’s interesting to see the tech giant lose a fight.
According to a report from Bloomberg, a UK judge has favored HTC over Apple by ruling that HTC phones don’t infringe Apple patents when it comes to “Slide to unlock”. The lawsuit started after “Steve Jobs inc.” felt that certain HTC phones were infringing on patents set forth by the company by using similar slide to unlock methods. Bloomberg had more on the story:
“HTC’s devices don’t infringe four Apple patents for the technology and three of those patents are invalid, Judge Christopher Floyd said today. In addition to the slide-to-unlock feature, today’s ruling covered Apple’s patents on tools used to scroll through photographs and change alphabets, and software allowing users to touch the screen in two spots simultaneously. While the court ruled that Apple’s photo-management patent is valid, Floyd found that HTC didn’t infringe it.“
It’s no surprise to anyone that I love Apple, but to see the vendetta that Steve Jobs had against not only Android, but anyone he felt was stealing from him, is just another huge testament to how ruthless he could be. I think competition helps create better products and pushes companies to outshine the other, giving the consumer the choice of a wider range of products and better prices. To see Apple sue certain companies is understandable, but every electronics manufacturing company on the planet…now that’s a little far.
Pretty sure I know the answer, but what do you guys think about this? Happy that HTC got one over on Apple? Tired of all the lawsuits? Comment down below and spread your opinion