Score one for the good guys. Apple, which blatantly attacks all those who would even dare to compete with their obvious superiority in all things designed and innovated…. Cough Cough. Sorry, I couldn’t keep a straight face any longer. Patent Uber-troll Apple has lost a major court battle which could play a huge role in upcoming patent cases they have raised around the world.
If you have paid any attention to the Apple vs. Samsung, Apple vs. HTC, Apple vs. The Apple, etc., you’ll know that Apple has elected to take to the courts to try and take back market share from Android-devices rather than actually doing so with the consumer in the marketplace. A recent attack aimed at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, where they claim that it infringes on patents they hold for slide-to-unlock and autocorrect, was upheld by a Florida judge this past week.
But here’s where the good news comes in. A UK judge ruled today that HTC was not infringing on three of Apple’s patents (slide-to-unlock, multi-touch gesture, and a tool to change alphabets), and in fact labeled them as invalid patents. The judge did find that one of the patents (picture-viewing) was valid, but ruled that HTC did not infringe on it. HTC spokeswoman Andrea Sommer stated that they were disappointed that Apple would choose to “favor competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace.”
With current court cases pending around the world involving some of these same patents, this ruling could spell the end of the line for Apple’s Patent Lawyer division, but only time will tell.