HTC prepared to wield LTE patents against iPhone 5

HTC prepared to wield LTE patents against iPhone 5Apple’s belligerent ways might well come back to bite them in the face when the iPhone 5 launches.

We’ve already heard that Samsung is waving its LTE patents around, and there’s the GooPhone i5 over in China. Now we’re hearing that HTC has its sights on the iPhone 5, too.

As reported on Bloomberg, HTC reckons Apple infringes on two patents pertaining – or more importantly critical – to LTE (Long Term Evolution), allowing fast and reliable transmission of mobile data.

If HTC gets its way, it could cause problems for the new iPad, which launched in March this year with 4G (er, in some countries, at least).

The iPhone 5, meanwhile, is set to launch at a stateside event on September 12. Heck, that’s tomorrow, man. One of the key features is tipped to be LTE.

Some sort of ban for the new iPad and iPhone 5 is technically possible, but it’s more likely that HTC would use the patents as leverage in Apple’s case against the Taiwanese.

Yawn. I wonder how much money has been pumped into the patent wars. A depressing amount, for sure.

Incidentally, HTC acquired the patents from ADC Telecommunications Inc. last year for a cool $75 million. US International Trade Commission Judge, Thomas Pender, told Apple: “I don’t care if [HTC] bought these patents to sue you or not. They are a property right.”

No doubt we'll have lots more on this in the weeks to come.

via: Bloomberg

Read more about: Apple iPhone 5

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6 comments

Pondlife  Sep. 11, 2012 at 14:13

Definitely slow today, 4 day old news. I like the way the judge tried to find out about the new iphone

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 11, 2012 at 14:16

It's the calm before the iPhone 5 storm...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 11, 2012 at 14:24

It's the calm before the iPhone 5 storm...
I was gonna say... For the same reason HTC decided to make this public this week ;) <= Wink

Stelph  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:32

So just to check, its not the fact the phone works on 4G that the patent covers, its more something to do with the technology or software used processing the 4G network?

The reason I ask is it seems odd to patent/be able to sue because a phone is on 4g, has anyone patented 3g? If not im totally getting all over that patent application

Pondlife  Sep. 11, 2012 at 15:42

It's unclear, but guess they've looked at what the ipad uses and presume it's the same. As Apple lost a 3g patent case in Holland you may be a touch late on that.

satchef1  Sep. 11, 2012 at 16:20

Nokia sued Apple a few years ago over certain 3G patents - they fell under FRAND terms but Apple refused to pay the licenses, believing the prices to be unfair. In the end they worked out a deal that both companies were happy with.

Likely this is a similar story - a dispute over the value of certain patents that are critical to LTE technology. If they're essential then HTC and Samsung have to license the patents and the price has to be fair, but there's every chance that both sides' definitions of 'fair and reasonable' differ.

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