We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Judge rules HTV v Apple can be heard separately to Motorola v Apple

The Apple versus HTC case will now transfer from Florida to Delaware.

The judge in the Apple versus Motorola Mobility (owned by Google) case has agreed with HTC's request that its case should be heard separately to Apple's case against Motorola Mobility.

Judge Robert N. Scola had previously consolidated the two lawsuits. The decision to hear both separately is in reaction to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) that suggests that courts should stop the practice of suing multiple defendants as it encourages patent trolls.

The Apple versus HTC case will now transfer from Florida to Delaware.

The chief judge of the Delaware court is no fan of Apple's litigation tactics, notes Foss Patents.

The transfer refers to six Apple patents and two former HP patents that HTC is asserting there against Apple.

Foss Patents claims that this is likely to benefit Motorola Mobility, who had initially accused Apple was trying to slow down the case by suing HTC in Florida.

Apple originally accused HTC of infringing 20 patents and filed a so-called Section 337 complaint, which alleged unfair importation practices. Apple claimed several of those same patents in a suit against Nokia, which the companies ultimately settled out of court. The case was the first of several in which Apple has attacked makers of devices using Google's Android OS.

Tech companies have no claim to intellectual property according to judge Richard Posner, who is presiding over the Apple versus Motorola case.

Follow Karen Haslam on Twitter / Follow MacworldUK on Twitter


Motorola boosts Google revenue

Apple, Motorola appeal dismissal of patent infringement caseMassive Apple patent win could kill off Android completelyHTC files counterclaims against Apple with two acquired patentsUS judge dismisses Apple patents lawsuit against Motorola?

Apple, Motorola patent suit revived by US Judge?

U.S. judge cancels Motorola, Apple patent trial

Google becomes hardware company with $12.5B Motorola buy

HTC fends off Apple in UK patent lawsuit involving "slide to unlock" feature?ITC refuses to grant Apple's emergency ban on HTC Android smartphonesJudge tells Apple and HTC to talk settlementsHTC phones banned in US after Apple patent win

IDG UK Sites

Android M Developer Preview announced at Google I/O: Android M UK release date and new features. Wh?......

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Ben & Holly's Game of Thrones titles spoof is delightfully silly

IDG UK Sites

Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor