Judge to HTC: you can’t sue Apple with patents you don’t own

Judge to HTC: you can’t sue Apple with patents you don’t ownDespite our fairly light grasp of the law (it’s ok to punch people you don’t like, right?), it makes sense to us that you can’t sue a company over patents you don’t actually own.

Well, it seems HTC had other ideas, and had to be set straight by Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender. But it’s a little more complicated than that. Read on, you heathens!

See, there’s a trend for what FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller describes as “rent-a-patents”, where a company temporarily grabs the related rights, say, for the duration of a court case.

In this case, HTC had acquired the rights to five patents actually owned by Google, however it seems there was some cock-up, and a number of restrictions on the rights allowed Apple to have the patents thrown out.

There are, however, a further three patents being disputed, so the trial continues, albeit with less than half the weight of the original complaint.

For a typically thorough in-depth analysis of the wider implications of the judge’s ruling, head over to FOSS Patents.

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Pondlife  Jun. 12, 2012 at 21:14

What about the Apple Motorola thing that got phone out yesterday with the judge more less saying yes you can patent such minor things but they aren't worth anything


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