At first look this may seem pretty bad. HTC, according to the courts, are using an Apple patent and, if it’s not removed, handsets would have to be removed from sale all across America.
Looking deeper into it and you be right in thinking that this is actually a small win for HTC. The original lawsuit named 10 patents, but HTC are now only guilty of infringing one of them.
HTC said the patent in question related to a small user-interface feature often called “data tapping”, which allowed users to grab embedded information, such as a phone number, and do something with it, such as make a call.
HTC is now planning to remove and replace the feature.
Link – BBC News