Apple’s recent court victory that saw the International Trade Commission ban HTC smartphones from sale in the United States may not be as useful as we originally thought.

HTC’s Chief Executive Peter Chou shared today that his company is already hard at work removing or altering the functionality that the ITC deemed as violating one of Apple’s patents. The patent was in relation to technology which allows software to recognise data such as phone numbers or addresses and then format them as tappable links.

HTC, for its part, believes that the technology is rarely used in their software, and that its removal will have little impact on the overall experience of using its products…

Apple’s ability to turn data into tappable links has been present in iOS and various versions of its Mac OS since the 1990s, and HTC’s “Linkify” technology was deemed to be in violation of Apple’s patent recently.

It is entirely possible that HTC will remove the feature from its smartphones and nobody will notice. The ruling may also have an impact on other Android-using smartphone companies who also use a similar technology. Apple could conceivably now take the battle to the courts again, this time going after all manor of technology companies.

[Bloomberg]

  • I’m sorry but these law suit and patents are just ridiculous! A patent on hyper linking?! Such BS, these law suits from apple are only hurting us customers in the long run. Thumbs down for Apple. A petition should be in order.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t effect me and my IPhone

    • Anonymous

      I actually disagree that it’s hurting us in the long run I do agree that all of this is stupid and I don’t know why I keep reading. Having said that, forcing competitors to figure out other ways to do things (innovate) via lawsuits will definitely improve the user experience. If companies are forced to figure out new ways to do things (I.e. the original iPhone) things get better for consumers. Look how far we’ve come since 2007

    • Anonymous

      LMFAO , HILARIOUS . You want to petition something that is apple’s. Did you also want to petition the kid that went to the store to buy their own candy and didn’t share with you, or did you take it upon yourself to take it and eat it anyway , cause your reason for taking was better than their reason for keeping their own

  • So now apple is going after manors why on earth would they go after manors they own enough property!??

  • Anonymous

    Re: tapable links…I use them a lot. If I had an htc, I’d we not happy to lose that feature.

  • What a weird photoshop! ICS on a windows phone?

    • Anonymous

      Actually the HTC HD2 has had many many android ports and is the most famous non android phone in the android rooting community. This is probably an image from somewhere like xda-developers about an ICS port coming soon or already on the HD2

  • Simon Reidy

    So when Apple said “this changes everything” about the iPhone, what they really meant was “this patents everything”. Got it.