HTC Announces It’s Completed Patent Workaround

By , Dec 22, 2011

Apple received its first big win earlier this week in its ongoing patent war with Android manufacturers. The International Trade Commission ruled in favor of the iPhone-makers in its patent infringement lawsuit against HTC.

The ITC’s decision was expected to have major ramifications for the Taiwanese company because it banned several products from the United States. But as it turns out, HTC may not lose much business (if any at all) due to the ruling…

Shortly after the ITC announced its verdict, HTC commented:

“While disappointed that a finding of violation was still found on two claims of the ‘647 patent, we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the ‘647 patent.”

And they weren’t kidding. Just yesterday we reported that the company was working on a viable workaround solution for the violating patents, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it’s complete. HTC says the workaround is finished and is currently being tested for compliance.

So, what does this mean? HTC had until April of next year to fix the issue. And given that the workaround is already completed, the company may not experience any loss of business.

It just goes to show you how ridiculous these software patent lawsuits can be. How much money do you think both companies spent on litigation fees over a problem that HTC managed to fix in a matter of days?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aleonell Tony Leonello

    why didn’t HTC do this in the first place instead of going though off this. stupid if you ask me.

    • http://twitter.com/computerfreak80 Computer Freak 

      Exactly what I said!

    • jo-macral

      I think they probably started the workaround soon after the papers were served, but still had to go to court to defend themselves.

    • Jon Garrett

      you’re assuming that HTC violated a patent on purpose. I don’t think any company including apple would knowingly violate a patent.

    • Jon Garrett

      you’re assuming that HTC violated a patent on purpose. I don’t think any company including apple would knowingly violate a patent.

  • http://twitter.com/SofianSan Sofian NOUIRA

    You’re right when you say that those patent lawsuits are ridiculous. Buth I’m not quit sure that HTC manage to fix the probleme in a matter of day. I’m quit sure they’ve been working on it ever since Apple filled the lawsuit. They must have seen this coming.

    • Anonymous

      In other words, they knew they were guilty.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aric.bolf Aric Bolf

        Not necessarily. It’s good business to cover oneself just in case. Never put all your eggs in one basket.

        Maybe doing it apple’s way costs less or is a little slicker? Some added benefit to doing it the patented way vs. this new way.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Diakogiannis/1209608266 John Diakogiannis

        or maybe some dumba$$ developer just got fired for using apples code….. we will never know.

      • Jon Garrett

        have you any idea how many lines of code there are in an OS? Im sure that if someone when through the entire iOS & Android OS’s they would find enough “violations” to keep lawsuits going on for year and years.

      • Jon Garrett

        have you any idea how many lines of code there are in an OS? Im sure that if someone when through the entire iOS & Android OS’s they would find enough “violations” to keep lawsuits going on for year and years.