HTC Countersues Apple To Stop All iPhone, iPod, iPad Sales

Two months after Apple sued HTC for violating 20 patents, HTC's hitting back, alleging that Apple's violated five of HTC's patents, asking the ITC to ban the import and sale of all iPhones, iPods and iPads in the US.

So, the story, in a nutshell. A couple months ago, Apple sued HTC over 20 patent violations in its smartphones - particularly its Android phones - basically as a way to swipe at Google. Shortly afterward, HTC announced a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft for its Android phones. (It's paying Microsoft to license technology Microsoft has patents on; which seems odd, given their tight relationship via Windows Phone.) And there's been not a word from Google on any of this.

Today, HTC is hitting Apple back over five patents, illustrated below. Two are related to power management, two are over personalised phone diallers, and one's over a telephone dialler with easy access memory - definitely a smaller range of stuff, compared to everything Apple is slamming HTC with.

They're asking the ITC to halt the import and sale of all iPhones, iPods and iPads, which is a pretty standard request with patent violation dealios. (Don't worry, you'll still be able to buy your iPad. If Apple somehow found itself at HTC's mercy here, what'd end up happening most likely is that Apple and HTC would announce joint licensing deals, drop their suits, and everybody goes home.)

Good times. [HTC via Fortune]

US PATENT NO. 6,999,800 Method for power management of a smart phone A method for power management of a smart phone. The method comprises steps of resetting the smart phone, searching for network service, operating the mobile phone system in standby mode and a PDA system in normal mode when connected to a network, switching the mobile phone system to connection mode when establishing communication with a remote terminal, switching the mobile phone system to sleep mode when the mobile phone system has been idle for a first time period, switching the PDA system to sleep mode when the PDA system has been idle for a second time period, and implementing power detection to switch the mobile phone and PDA system to off mode when the detected power is lower than a first and second threshold respectively.

US PATENT NO. 5,541,988, 6,058,183 Telephone dialler with a personalised page organisation of telephone directory memory An advanced telephone dialler has been described, incorporating a fast retrieval and dial telephone directory. The system simplifies the use of the telephone directory by using a single sliding or rotary key for scanning and selection of the name and number to be dialled and one button for speed dialling of the selected number. The name and telephone number of the selected person are simultaneously displayed on a character display and a normal telephone keypad has been used for entering both letters for the name and digits for the number into telephone directory's memory. A short cut dialling has been also provided by simply using the sequential order number of the person to be dialled from the telephone directory's memory. An option has been provided for checking the incoming calls numbers with the telephone directory of the system and not only displaying the name of the calling person and its number if they have been found in directory. In addition the telephone directory memory is divided into pages each page having its own access code and the option to be locked or unlocked. If a selected page has been locked the access is denied unless a proper access code for this page has been entered. In the case of the calling number identification feature, in addition to the name of the calling person if it is in the memory, the system displays the name of the person to whom the page, where this number resides, has been assigned. The application is targeted for heavy traffic business or personal phones, family telephones, cellular phones and as a part of an office or home automation system.

US PATENT NO. 6,320,957 Telephone dialler with easy access memory An advanced telephone dialler has been described, incorporating a fast retrieval and dial telephone directory. The system simplifies the use of the telephone directory by using a single sliding or rotary key for scanning and selection of the name and number to be dialled and one button for speed dialling of the selected number. The name and telephone number of the selected person are simultaneously displayed on a character display and a normal telephone keypad has been used for entering both letters for the name and digits for the number into telephone directory's memory. A short cut dialling has been also provided by simply using the sequential order number of the person to be dialled from the telephone directory's memory. An option has been provided for checking the incoming calls numbers with the telephone directory of the system and not only displaying the name of the calling person and its number if they have been found in directory. In addition the telephone directory memory is divided into pages each page having its own access code and the option to be locked or unlocked. If a selected page has been locked the access is denied unless a proper access code for this page has been entered. In the case of the calling number identification feature, in addition to the name of the calling person if it is in the memory, the system displays the name of the person to whom the page, where this number resides, has been assigned. The application is targeted for heavy traffic business or personal phones, family telephones, cellular phones and as a part of an office or home automation system.

US PATENT NO. 7,716,505 Power control methods for a portable electronic device A power control method for a portable electronic device. The portable electronic device comprises a power supply unit and a volatile memory for storing data when the power supply unit supplies power thereto. First, the portable electronic device is set to enter a deep sleep mode. Then, data accessed from the volatile memory is transferred to a non-volatile memory. Finally, except for maintaining sufficient power to restore the device, the power supply unit is turned off.

[Fortune]

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