UK Judge Says HTC’s Smartphones Don’t Infringe Apple Patents
HTC has won a patent ruling in the UK, where Apple was suing HTC for allegedly infringing on some of Apple’s patents, and now a UK Judge has ruled that HTC’s smartphones do not infringe on Apple’s patents.
Apple had previously alleged that HTC’s devices infringed on four of their patents related to touchscreen technology, the Judge dealing with the case Christopher Floyd has also said that three of the four patents in question are invalid.
The U.K. court judgment “marks a considerable defeat for Apple in the smart-phone patent wars,” said Peter Bell, an attorney at Stevens & Bolton LLP, who isn’t involved in the case. “Two of Apple’s prize patents have been knocked out in the U.K.”
HTC also released a statement where they said “we remain disappointed that Apple continues to favor competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace”, obviously referring the various other cases going on between HTC and Apple.