The US International Trade Commission has given Apple a partial victory in its patent dispute with HTC over the Android operating system. The ruling, however, was more favorable than expected as the Taiwanese company emerged victorious in three of the four patent claims.
So what exactly did Apple win? Well, you know how you can tap on a phone number to auto-magically call that number when it appears in an e-mail or text?
Apple says it owns that and other user interface features. As a result of the ITC ruling, HTC must discontinue offering the feature in its Android phones.
HTC has some time to fix the code in its handsets that run Android, which is provided by Google. From April 19, 2012, HTC will no longer be allowed to import into the United States Android handsets containing the UI features.
While it’s a small victory for Apple, it’s a important step toward the company’s long-term goal: to crush Android. The late Steve Jobs told his biographer that he wanted Google to stop stealing ideas from Apple. Jobs said: “If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all.”