Apple has just won a major victory in the trial of HTC, which can make HTC stop selling its devices based on Android in the U.S.. U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that HTC violates their patent Apple devices based on Android c 1.6 to 2.2.
Among the devices, sales of which may be banned in the U.S., a very popular model running on Android: Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, T-Mobile G2, Nexus One, and some older devices. The patent, which, by court order, violated the company HTC (# 5,946,647), potentially quite serious. According to Fortune, who has studied this patent, the point is this:
When the iPhone gets a message that contains the phone number or address (e-mail, web or physical), these data are automatically highlighted, underlined and in turn links with the possibility of transition.
If you click on the phone, iPhone asks whether you want to dial it. If you click on the address of the site, it opens in Safari. If you click on a street address, map opens.
This is serious. Not only by the fact that this is an important feature for smartphones, but also by what it can mean an opportunity to accuse Apple and other manufacturers phones based on Android, because a patent in this case violates the operating system, rather than iron. However, if HTC remove the function (which is unlikely), or otherwise sells it (which probably will happen), then it will be able to continue selling. HTC, which has reacted to this decision with tears of happiness, made the following statement:
Although the issues of patents – it remedied, can hardly be said that the verdict is a victory for HTC. If HTC does not solve the problem, then ban for phones based on Android companies enter into force April 19, 2012. This is not a victory.
HTC has yet to work hard to avoid a ban on imports (a presidential veto, as an option), but it definitely goes to war in the U.S. (perhaps thermonuclear) between Apple and handset manufacturers to Android, as is the case between Apple and Samsung tablets in Europe and Australia.