Apple lost a major copyright fight against smartphone rival HTC in London court today, entailing that the US-tech giant cannot prohibit a few of the Taiwanese company’s goods in the UK market.
As rumors escalated that Apple is all set to roll out a cut-price edition of its iPad in order to seize major chunk of the tab market, HTC gained what one independent legal representative described a “noteworthy” triumph after the high court annulled a copyright covering the “slide to unlock” way utilized to access the chief screen.
That entails that Apple cannot place a ban on imports to the Britain of HTC handsets, which make use of a related arrangement – and the verdict could have an effect on other Apple cases in the European market in opposition to HTC, Motorola and Samsung.
In a different place, Bloomberg stated that two origins have informed it that Apple is gearing up an iPad boasting a 7” screen. The smaller edition could be determined to ward off rivalry from Amazon as well as Google, which both boast related offerings: Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Google’s Nexus 7, created by Asus and likely to hit markets after the existing month.
The UK court verdict is the most recent round in a global copyright battle between Apple and competitors, which make cellular phones as well as tabs utilizing Google’s Android handset software that is currently the most utilized on smartphones internationally.
Peter Bell, senior fellow in the intellectual property group at law company Stevens & Bolton LLP, stated that the verdict was “a substantial defeat” for the tech giant in the smartphone copyright battles.