International Trade Commission Investigating 8 Big Smartphone Makers for Patent Infringements; Samsung, Sony and HTC on The List!
There’s a new case of the apparent patent infringement, that may affect big smartphone makers, such as Samsung, Sony and HTC. This time the plaintif is Singapore-based firm Creative Technology and its US branch, Creative Labs, that claim a few phone makers have infringed their patents.
The US International Trade Commission has opened up an investigation and it will take at least one or two months to get things going. Among the big names we find ZTE, Sony, Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, HTC and BlackBerry. The intelectual property at fault here is related to portable electronic devices, like smartphones and their ability to play stored media selected by an user “from a hierarchical display”.
None of the parties cared to comment on this matter, including Creative, HTC, Samsung and others. Analysts claim that it’s very rare to see so many parties involved in a patent infringement case. Such things can lead to serious problems, like HTC’s ban of products for sale in US from a few years ago, on account of an Apple lawsuit.