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French company sues HTC and LG over patent infringement allegations

HTCHTC and LG have been sued by France Brevets over NFC related patent infringement allegations. The exact patents which were infringed upon are as follows:

  • Antenna signal amplitude modulation method
  • Inductive coupling reader comprising means for extracting a power supply voltage

While there’s no clarity on what either of these patents mean or stand for, it’s clear that both LG and HTC are in the wrong. France Brevets handles licensing of patents owned by Inside Secure and as a result files patent infringement suits on its behalf. There’s no information as of yet on what this could mean for the future of infringing HTC and LG smartphones, but the company wouldn’t settle for anything less than damages and/or a permanent ban like Nokia asked for the HTC One Mini in the UK recently.

We hope the parties involved settle this out of court and we don’t have to see another sales ban of a popular Android smartphone. HTC has already been involved in a patent infringement battle and it wouldn’t want to get involved in another one.

Source: NFC World

Via: Android Beat

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  1. This article is nothing more than gossip. Whatever happened to investigative journalism. The kind where the journalist investigates an issue, does some fact checking, talks to the experts and then presents the vetted information to the reader in an easy to understand article so that the reader can come to an informed conclusion rather than an uninformed opinion based on fact-less disinformation. I could have written the same article just as well and I am not a journalist. I am however a technical engineer that works on mobile communication. You could have asked me or someone like me to help bring some clarity to what the patents are about and how valid a suit HTC is facing. BUT NO… HTC is assumed Guilty because they settled a suit out of court with a company that can’t even get their own brand (Microsoft) off the ground. I am giving the writer a freebie by assuming that he is a journalist rather than a Tech-gossiper. Perhaps I am just as guilty by making assumptions. Patent suits have become nothing more than Armour for protection, Weaponry for assault and bargaining power for settlement. This has especially become the case in the last 7 years when Apple arrived on the scene. Knowing that they were Patent poor in the smartphone category they had to be very aggressive with other companies to gain agreement to access their patent technology or eliminate them as a competitor by suit. Before Apple came along companies in the Mobile Telecom sector simply sued each other then settled an agreement by sharing patent tech and exchanging a few Bills (at least in the U.S.) life went on and consumers never heard about it. The market grew everybody won. Now we have this craziness of companies simply being greedy and wanting to eliminate a competitor by use of the courts rather than making a better product. This has driven the Patent Troll business where companies that don’t even make or produce tech sue other companies that do by buying worthless broad based patents and signing up some sleazy lawyers to turn them into profit mills. Then there is the other side of this sleazy non-sense where Tech Giants with big bank rolls buy journalism off the radar to write stories and plant disinformation in the media about a competitor to sway public opinion…. uhmmm…hmmm… Could this writer be on some Tech Giants payroll to slander HTC??? No facts, no understanding of the patent suit, no investigation. Just mud slinging. Based on the article even if they are not on the payroll they might as well be.

  2. “it’s clear that both LG and HTC are in the wrong.”? Are you kidding me? What kind of writer are you making an allegation like that as if it’s fact? Do you know how many bogus infringement suits are filed against companies? Or even how many bogus patents there are? You obviously have no background in IP or patents. You said yourself “While there’s no clarity on what either of these patents mean or stand for….” For anyone who understands mobile communications technology, you can read the patents and understand what technology they supposedly cover. Whether they’re valid or not is the big question, and you’re a fool for assuming that they are. You might want to learn about patents and basic IP law before you try to write about it. “HTC has already been involved in a patent infringement battle and it wouldn’t want to get involved in another one.” That sentence is a joke. HTC is involved in dozens of infringement suits every year worldwide. One more isn’t going to make a big difference.

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