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Visualization of the patent dispute between Apple and HTC and its future subsidiary S3 Graphics. As of 15 Jul 2011. Step-by-step overview of how the conflict has escalated. Detailed reference lists.
Visualization of the patent dispute between Apple and HTC and its future subsidiary S3 Graphics. As of 15 Jul 2011. Step-by-step overview of how the conflict has escalated. Detailed reference lists.

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Apple versus HTC & S3 The patent battlefield as of 15 Jul 11

The next 17 pages show how this conflict has escalated. Thereafter, reference material.
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Move #1 02 Mar 10 Apple files an ITC complaint and a federal lawsuit against HTC

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Move #12: S3 picks up the gauntlet and makes counterclaims against Apple's declaratory judgment action in California, asking the court to declare that all four patents are valid and actually infringed by Apple.

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Move #13: A final initial determination by the Administrative Law Judge investigating S3's complaint against Apple finds the latter to infringe two of the four patents asserted by S3. The other two patents are still asserted in a federal lawsuit in Northern California.

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Reference material as per 15 Jul 11 page R-1

United States International Trade Commission Investigation no. 337-TA-710 on "certain personal data and mobile communications devices and related software" -- complaint filed on 02 March 2010
Apple Inc. and NeXT Software (both of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. High Tech Computer Corp. (of Taiwan), HTC America, Inc. (of Bellevue, WA 98005) and Exedea Inc. (of Houston, TX 77036) Partial consolidation stated further below (added Nokia Corp. and Nokia Inc. as defendants). Allegedly infringing products Apple's complaint distinguishes between two groups of products: 1) "Android": computing and mobile communication devices running the Android operating system; examples: HTC Nexus One, HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), HTC Magic (HTC myTouch 3G), HTC Hero, HTC Droid Eris 2) "DSP": other HTC products with digital signal processing functionality; examples: HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro2, HTC Tilt II, HTC Pure, HTC HD2, HTC Imagio Apple alleges that products in the "Android" group infringe all 10 asserted patents while "DSP" products infringe only the '263 patent. Asserted patents (in order of appearance in documents filed with the ITC) asserted by Apple in original complaint 5,481,721 ("721") Method for providing automatic and dynamic translation of object oriented programming language-based message passing into operating system message passing using proxy objects 5,519,867 ("867") Object-oriented multitasking system dropped as a result of Apple motion of 28 Oct 2010 6,275,983 ("983") Object-oriented operating system 5,566,337 ("337") Method and apparatus for distributing events in an operating system dropped as a result of Apple motion on 29 Apr 2011 5,929,852 ("852") Encapsulated network entity reference of a network component system dropped as a result of Apple motion of 28 Oct 2010 5,946,647 ("647") System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data 5,969,705 ("705") Message protocol for controlling a user interface from an inactive application program dropped as a result of Apple motion on 22 Feb 2011 6,343,263 ("263") Real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data 5,915,131 ("131") Method and apparatus for handling I/O requests utilizing separate programming interfaces to access separate I/O service dropped as a result of Apple motion of 28 Oct 2010 RE39,486 ("RE486") Extensible, replaceable network component system dropped as a result of Apple motion of 28 Oct 2010 Partial consolidation On 26 Apr 2010, the ITC ordered the partial consolidation of case no. 337-TA-704 into this one. As a result, Nokia Corp. (of Espoo, Finland) and Nokia Inc. (of White Plains, NY 10604) have to defend themselves alongside HTC against allegations of infringement of five patents (the '867, '131, '705, '263 and RE486 patents). An unopposed Apple motion for partial termination on 28 Oct 2010 (relating to four patents, three of which were subject to partial consolidation) reduced that subset of patents to two (the '705 and '263 patents). Information concerning Nokia's allegedly infringing products will be provided in a document covering the Apple/Nokia dispute. In June 2011, Apple and Nokia settled their dispute, leaving HTC as the sole defendant in this investigation. On 15 July 2011, an Administrative Law Judge found HTC to infringe the '647 and '263 patents. FOSS Patents reported.

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Reference material as per 15 Jul 11 page R-2

United States District Court for the District of Delaware Case no. 1:10-cv-00167 -- complaint filed on 02 March 2010
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. High Tech Computer Corp. (of Taiwan), HTC (B.V.I.) Corp. Inc. (of the British Virgin Islands), HTC America, Inc. (of Bellevue, WA 98005) and Exedea Inc. (of Houston, TX 77036) On 21 June 2010, Apple filed another suit against the same defendants with the same court (case no. 1:10-cv-00544). Allegedly infringing products "certain mobile communication devices including cellular phones and smart phones, including at least phones incorporating the Android Operating System" (item 13 of the complaint) Asserted patents (in order of appearance in the complaint) Apple and HTC asserted patents against each other, and each party asserted a patent ending with "354". In this document, the context always makes it clear which party holds the relevant patent. asserted by Apple in original complaint 7,362,331 ("331") Time-based, non-constant translation of user interface objects between states 7,479,949 ("949") Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics 7,657,849 ("849") Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image removed in amended complaint filed on 21 June 2010, simultaneously asserted in another suit (1:10-cv-00544) 7,469,381 ("381") List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display 5,920,726 ("726") System and method for managing power conditions within a digital camera device 7,633,076 ("076") Automated response to and sensing of user activity in portable devices 5,848,105 ("105") GMSK signal processors for improved communications capacity and quality 7,383,453 ("453") Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor removed in amended complaint filed on 21 June 2010, simultaneously asserted in another suit (1:10-cv-00544) 5,455,599 ("599") Object-oriented graphic system 6,424,354 ("354") Object-oriented event notification system with listener registration of both interests and methods

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HTC counterclaims (06 July 2010 answer to first amended complaint)
Allegedly infringing products "personal computers (such as the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini) and mobile communications devices (such as the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS)" (item 91 of 06 July 2010 HTC answer to Apple's first amended complaint) Asserted patents (in order of appearance in the court filing) asserted by HTC in counterclaims (part of answer to first amended complaint, dated 06 July 2010) 7,278,032 ("032") Circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system 5,377,354 ("354") Method and system for sorting and prioritizing electronic mail messages 6,188,578 ("578") Integrated circuit package with multiple heat dissipation paths

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United States International Trade Commission Investigation no. 337-TA-721 on "certain portable electronic devices and related software" -complaint filed on 12 May 2010
HTC Corp. (of Taiwan) vs. Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) Allegedly infringing products "The Accused Products include, but are not limited to, Apple's iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines." (item 14 of the complaint) The infringement claim charts attached to the original complaint use the iPhone as an example of an allegedly infringing product. Chapter VII of the complaint states as "specific instances" the iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, and iPad. Asserted patents (in order of appearance in documents filed with the ITC) asserted by HTC in original complaint 6,999,800 ("800") Method for power management of a smart phone 5,541,988 ("988") Telephone dialler [sic] with a personalized page organization of telephone directory memory 6,058,183 ("183") Telephone dialler [sic] with a personalized page organization of telephone directory memory dropped as a result of HTC motion (dated 05 November 2010) for partial termination 6,320,957 ("957") Telephone dialler [sic] with a personalized page organization of telephone directory memory 7,716,505 ("505") Power control methods for a portable electronic device

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United States International Trade Commission Investigation no. 337-TA-724 on "certain electronic devices with image processing systems, components thereof, and associated software" -complaint filed on 28 May 2010
S3 Graphics Co., Ltd. (of Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands) and S3 Graphics, Inc. (of Fremont, CA 94539) vs. Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) Allegedly infringing products "Examples of the Accused Products are the Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Apple compuers such as the MacBook used in conjunction with an Apple software development kit ('SDK'), and other application software." (paragraph 3 of complaint) Asserted patents (in order of appearance in documents filed with the ITC) asserted by S3 in original complaint 7,043,087 ("087") Image processing system 6,775,417 ("417") Fixed-rate block-based image compression with inferred pixel values 6,683,978 ("978") Fixed-rate block-based image compression with inferred pixel values 6,658,146 ("146") Fixed-rate block-based image compression with inferred pixel values On 01 July 2011 an Administrative Law Judge found Apple in infringement of the '978 and '146 patents.

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United States District Court for the District of Delaware Case no. 1:10-cv-00544 -- complaint filed on 21 June 2010
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. High Tech Computer Corp. (of Taiwan), HTC (B.V.I.) Corp. Inc. (of the British Virgin Islands), HTC America, Inc. (of Bellevue, WA 98005) and Exedea Inc. (of Houston, TX 77036) On 02 March 2010, Apple had already filed a suit against the same defendants with the same court (case no. 1:10-cv-00167). Allegedly infringing products "certain mobile communication devices including cellular phones and smart phones, including at least phones incorporating the Android Operating System" (item 13 of the complaint) Asserted patents (in order of appearance in the complaint) asserted by Apple in original complaint 7,383,453 ("453") Conserving power by reducing voltage supplied to an instruction-processing portion of a processor previously asserted in (but dropped from) case 1:10-cv-00167 7,657,849 ("849") Unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image previously asserted in (but dropped from) case 1:10-cv-00167 6,282,646 ("646") System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration 7,380,116 ("116") System for real-time adaptation to changes in display configuration

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United States District Court for the District of Northern California Case no. 5:11-cv-00210 -- complaint filed on 13 January 2011 -- counterclaims on 12 May 2011
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. S3 Graphics Co., Ltd. (of Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands) and S3 Graphics, Inc. (of Fremont, CA 94539) Apple filed a declaratory judgment action over the same four patents S3 asserted against Apple in its ITC complaint. As a result of S3's counterclaims, this action turned into a full-blown infringement lawsuit mirroring S3's ITC complaint in terms of the asserted patents and the accused products.

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United States International Trade Commission complaint no. 337-2828 on "certain portable electronic devices and related software" -complaint filed on 08 July 2011
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. High Tech Computer Corp. (of Taiwan), HTC America, Inc. (of Bellevue, WA 98005) and Exedea Inc. (of Houston, TX 77036) This is Apple's second ITC complaint against HTC (FOSS Patents reported). Allegedly infringing products All of the accused products are Android-based. Apple defines two (partly overlapping) categories of accused products: "Exemplary Accused HTC Android Products include at least the following smartphones: HTC Droid Incredible, the HTC Droid Incredible 2, the HTC Wildfire, the HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G, the HTC T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, the HTC T-Mobile myTouch 4G, the HTC T-Mobile G1, the HTC T-Mobile G2, the HTC Evo 4G, the HTC Aria, the HTC Desire, the HTC Hero, the HTC Merge, the HTC Inspire 4G, the HTC Evo Shift 4G and the HTC Thunderbolt 4G; and at least the following tablet computers: HTC Flyer" (item 21 of the complaint) "Exemplary Accused HTC Capacitive Touch Panel Products include at least the HTC Droid Incredible, the HTC Droid Incredible 2, the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC Desire, the HTC T-Mobile G2, the HTC Inspire 4G, and the HTC Thunderbolt." (item 22 of the complaint) The second of the two categories is accused of infringing the '129 patent; the first category is accused of infringing the other four. Asserted patents (in order of appearance in the complaint)

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asserted by Apple in original complaint 7,844,915 ("915") Application programming interfaces for scrolling operations 7,469,381 ("381") List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display previously asserted in Delaware case 1:10-cv-00167 7,084,859 ("859") Programmable tacticle touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics 7,920,129 ("129") Double-sided touch-sensitive panel with shield and drive combined layer 6,956,564 ("564") Portable computers

United States District Court for the District of Delaware Case no. 1:11-cv-00611 -- complaint filed on 11 July 2011
Apple Inc. (of Cupertino, CA 95014) vs. High Tech Computer Corp. (of Taiwan), HTC America, Inc. (of Bellevue, WA 98005) and Exedea Inc. (of Houston, TX 77036) This is a companion federal lawsuit over four of the five patents asserted by Apple in its second ITC complaint against HTC: all of the asserted patents except for the '381 patent, which was previously asserted in Apple's first Delaware complaint (1:10-cv-00167).

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