U.S. International Trade Commission rules against HTC, may mean problems for other Android device producers

The United States International Trade Commission has ruled against HTC and determined they have infringed on a couple of patents that may affect all Android devices.

The patents HTC was found to have violated are 5,946,647, “System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data” and 6,343,263, “Real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data.”

An in-depth analysis by Mueller of the specific patent claims HTC has been found guilty of violating suggests that the infringing technologies are part of the Android architecture, rather than unique enhancements made by HTC. As such, competing Android vendors such as Motorola and Samsung may also be at risk.

Apple’s ’643 patent appears to relate directly to the iPhone’s practice of detecting contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, and forming a link that, when clicked, performs contextualized actions. Documents submitted by Apple accuse HTC of violating this patent through Android’s “Linkify” functionality.

Source: ITC ruling against HTC may spell trouble for other Android makers

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