HTC Uses Patents Bought From HP Against Apple
On Tuesday, 17July 2012, HTC brought a couple of counterclaims against Apple in Florida over two patents it bought from HP in December 2011.
The case they are asserting the claims in is one that started in 2010, with a Motorola lawsuit against Apple. Six out of the twelve Apple counterclaims in that lawsuit concerned HTC. HTC motioned to transfer the case out of Miami. However, they had to respond to those counterclaims. HTC filed its own counterclaims.
According to FOSSPatents, HTC claimed that Apple infringed a patent that HP applied for in 2002. The patent in question is now owned by HTC. This patent involves “installation of network services in an embedded network server”. The company claims that Apple infringed upon it with all of Apple’s devices, including desktop, laptop, and mobile products.
The second claim is on a method and system for central management of a computer network. HTC alleged that Apple’s Remote Desktop and Profile Manager and other products or services that included these products infringed upon the patent. HTC acquired this particular patent in 2011 from HP, who had acquired it in 2009.
It seems as if HTC is trying to reclaim some lost ground in court with a hope that its efforts might compensate for the loss at the International Trade Commission (ITC) recently when the trade regulatory body threw out five patents that HTC got from Google.
All this back and forth may seem trivial to you at times. However, each step carries some weight with it, at least in the court of public opinion.
Source: Cult Of Mac