Apple’s belligerent ways might well come back to bite them in the face when the iPhone 5 launches.
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.