It might be a war, but it sure as hell seems silly. Apple has sued HTC again, and as you might have guessed, the suit focuses on Android phones.
The new lawsuit incorporates one new patent infringement claim, in addition to re-including three patents mentioned in the original suit (apparently due to spelling errors in the original document). Like (almost) every other patent infringement suit, this one also appears frivolous and plain stupid. But, what do I know? I am no lawyer and I am certainly not a patent expert.
Here are the four patents involved in this suit:
7,657,849: Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image. Filed 12/23/2005 & Granted 2/2/2010. (New)
6,282,646: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration. Filed 5/8/1998 & Granted 8/28/2001.
7,380,116: System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration. Filed 8/8/2005 & Granted 5/27/2008.
7,383,453: Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor. Filed 8/25/2005 & Granted 6/3/2008.
Apple started this war against High Tech Computer (HTC) Corp, one of the most successful Android handset manufacturers, by suing it in March, 2010. HTC had promptly responded by counter-suing Apple on five counts of patent infringement. Make no mistake about it, Apple is targeting after Google and Android through HTC.