The five patents in HTC’s unimpressive counter-suit against Apple

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The complaint filed by HTC against Apple Wednesday lists five patents that Apple has allegedly violated,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “We have seen the paperwork. We’re not impressed.”

The five patents are, in plain language:

• U.S. Patent No. 6,999,800: Relating to a method of managing power — on, sleep, off — in a smartphone that includes both a phone system and a PDA.
• U.S. Patent No. 5,541,988: Relating to a telephone dialer that can store and access information in a telephone directory.
• U.S. Patent No. 6,058,183: Another telephone directory patent, this one covering a method of selecting one page from a plurality of pages.
• U.S. Patent No. 6,320,957: Still another telephone directory patent, this one specifying a way to actually make a call once the number has been located.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,716,505: A second power-management patent, this one covering a method for transferring data from volatile memory to non-volatile memory when a device enters sleep mode.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, HTC, thanks for the laugh – again.

Please see: The specific Apple patents over which Apple is suing HTC – March 02, 2010

22 Comments

  1. I think the next 5 years are going to be very interesting for patent disputes. There are so many patents which discuss such a broad and all-encompassing range of activity that the number of overlaps are astounding. This will all shake out somehow, and I think it will come down to the patents which well define what they do and don’t try to be all things, such as someone trying to patent “a phone which has no wires to connect it to the ground” or something silly like that.

    The next Gold Rush: Patents and licensing.

  2. ha. ha-ha..ha-ha-ha-ha-ha…..this is THE BEST both HTC and MS (with their patent licensing agreements), plus what Google could to do support them – could muster?

    Like MDN always says: Bloodbath.

    Can’t happen soon enough to a nicer bunch of fscking idiots.

  3. I remember the day when Apple sued any third-party that made desktop computers that looked like an iMac, with translucent colors, egg shape, etc. just for looking too much like an Apple product, even though they ran Windows. They protected their ideas and identity in the market a lot better than they’re doing now.

    What about all those patents Apple supposedly was granted for multi-touch, gestures, etc. and now it seems Android is a blatant rip-off of the GUI, and HTC is a blatant rip-off of the iPhone look/style. Is Apple sitting on it’s ass just because things move too fast, and they don’t feel they can protect their innovations in the courst? For every legitimate complaint Apple could throw out there about copycats in design and concept, the copycats throw out their own lawsuits about phone directories…??? Is that how this plays out?

  4. There are visual patents and method patents. Then there are those vague concept patents. HTC is describing a method and Apple uses a different method to do the same thing.

    Correct me if I am wrong, patent experts.

    Regardless, HTC, u suk.

  5. I get it, HTC hired the same law firm as PSYSTAR used in the legal fiasco against Apple. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

  6. My unique farts and poops has a better chance with the patent office than HTCs. Ahahahaha ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. yeah 5 Patents against 20 patents from Apple…
    yes I now you’re laughing about the 5 patent from HTC
    which 2 of them are in actual hardware and 3 of them in the actual OS software system before Google come up with Android.

    Apple sued them for apps that re-arrange themselves when one is deleted. Apple sued them for “Object Oriented Graphics System.” “Object Oriented Operating System.” “Object Oriented Multitasking System.” “Automated Response to and Sensing of User Activity in Portable Devices.”
    left right swipe to unluck
    come on, these patents are pathetic
    and you all are biased apple fanbois

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