• HTC One X held up at customs, I've got 99 problems and patents are one!



    The HTC One X, flagship phone and jewel of their eye, is held up in U.S. Customs.
    The patent wars are taking victims and the One X isn't impervious to the assault.

    The offence in questions is the ability to launch the phone dialer when a phone # is clicked in a message / email or other communication. Yes, that's really the nuts and bolts of it.

    to sum it up I've linked in the article from TechCrunch as it's summed up nicely:

    To get a firmer grasp on why this is happening, we have to flash back to 2011. After HTC was originally slammed with allegations that they infringed ten of Apple’s patents with their “personal data and mobile communications devices.” International Trade Commission Judge Carl Charneski ruled in Apple’s favor on two of those claims (which just so happened to stem from the same patent, No. 5,946,647) in July. After a smattering of delays, the ITC handed down their limited exclusion order in December, which prohibited the importation of devices that violate the ’647 patent.

    Valid, Silly?
    What are your thoughts?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HTC One X held up at customs, I've got 99 problems and patents are one! started by Treatz View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. StarBlueText.'s Avatar
      StarBlueText. -
      Patents and copyrights like this ARE silly. It is the reason Linux is becoming so popular. Not many people know that Android is based on Linux. Not many people also know what Samsung, the world's most popular smartphone maker is doing with Tizen, an open source platform.

      Telefonica is working with Mozilla to produce their own platform... OPEN source.
    1. DHDigital's Avatar
      DHDigital -
      I've said it a million times. These IP patents are terrible and it is killing common sense design. A barn built 100 years ago has a "locking system" similar to what apple has an IP patent on a found. A "square" phone made by anyone other than apple is infringing on their patent.

      That is like chevy having an IP patent on car doors and no one else can put anything similar to a "door" on an object that has four wheels and is powered by an engine.

      If I click a number from a message on my phone, I believe having an option to call, text, sync or map it should be a common sense option.

      The consumer looses again.
    1. Jon_Doh's Avatar
      Jon_Doh -
      Apple forgets how much they borrowed from Palm and Windows Mobile in creating the first iPhone. And they think it is perfectly fine to rip features off Android for IOS 5, but have the audacity to go around suing the competition.

      I remember back when the first Mac came out how Steve Jobs went around portraying IBM as a big bully. Remember the 1984 ad? Who's the bully now?
    1. joninator's Avatar
      joninator -
      F! I hate apple!!!!!
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      And for these reasons alone i hate apple and will never own an icrap/iPhone!!
    1. Androided's Avatar
      Androided -
      Quote Originally Posted by StarBlueText. View Post
      Patents and copyrights like this ARE silly. It is the reason Linux is becoming so popular. Not many people know that Android is based on Linux. Not many people also know what Samsung, the world's most popular smartphone maker is doing with Tizen, an open source platform.

      Telefonica is working with Mozilla to produce their own platform... OPEN source.
      LOL, everyone knows android is based on Linux, everyone knows Samsung ...
    1. i2302's Avatar
      i2302 -
      Steve Jobs built Apple through aggressive business practices. He had no friends out there and never wanted any. Now because of it's size Apple throws it's weight around trying to block through the courts those areas where it feels vulnerable from a business perspective. You can see it everywhere. For all those that have praised Apple they forget that it has a "no holds barred" approach to their competitors. Sooner or later these chickens will come home to roost. Hopefully Samsung will be aggressive enough or Nokia (Microsoft) successful enough to stop these "bully boys".
    1. -banned-'s Avatar
      -banned- -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      i hate apple and will never own an icrap/iPhone!!
      i hate android and will never own any silly robot phone which force close' apps on a daily basis
    1. -banned-'s Avatar
      -banned- -
      Quote Originally Posted by joninator View Post
      F! I hate apple!!!!!
      F! i hate android
    1. Wireless Junkie's Avatar
      Wireless Junkie -
      Quote Originally Posted by -banned- View Post
      i hate android and will never own any silly robot phone which force close' apps on a daily basis
      Of course having a phone equivilant to a 1995 Bag phone is much better
    1. -banned-'s Avatar
      -banned- -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wireless Junkie View Post
      Of course having a phone equivilant to a 1995 Bag phone is much better
      well at least that one did WORK …
    1. Drillbit's Avatar
      Drillbit -
      The latest news now is that some of the phones are now being allowed to let through. I think they are going to allow the phones with the patent workaround to go through, which means the new models, but older models with the older software might still be held.
    1. Drillbit's Avatar
      Drillbit -
      It appears that Sprint maybe getting the EVO 4G LTE now.
    1. primetechv2's Avatar
      primetechv2 -
      The quality of a device is determined by how many lawsuits are levied against it. The One X must be a pretty good phone.