Apple has won a lawsuit against HTC. This victory for Apply could force HTC to stop selling its Android phones in the United States. The United States International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC was infringing on an Apple patent that effected HTC Android devices running Android 1.6 to 2.2.
The list of devices that may be banned from being sold in the US include following Android phones: Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, T-Mobile G2 and Nexus One.
Some older Android devices have also been included. The patent that the courts ruled HTC was infringing on (#5,946,647) was considered as potentially a big one by the judges.
According to Fortune magazine, the patent in question works the following way:
When an iPhone receives a message that contains a phone number or an address — e-mail, Web or street — those bits of data are automatically highlighted, underlined and turned into clickable links. Click on the phone number, and the iPhone asks if you want to dial it. Click on the Web address, and it opens in Safari. Click on the street address, and Maps will display it.
Click on the phone number, and the iPhone asks if you want to dial it. Click on the Web address, and it opens in Safari. Click on the street address, and Maps will display it.
This must be spelling a lot of problems for HTC because this is a feature in almost all smartphones. Now Apple may have the right to sue other android phone makers.