Artistic pushes for US bans on a number of smartphone makers
Artistic has an extended historical past of wielding its patents towards different tech corporations (simply ask Apple), however its newest effort may prime all of them. The US Worldwide Commerce Fee is investigating Artistic’s complaints that seven smartphone makers (BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Lenovo/Motorola, Samsung, Sony and ZTE) violate its patents. Allegedly, all the corporations are imitating Artistic’s hierarchical menu system for media playback, a lot because the iPod supposedly duped Zen gamers a decade in the past. If profitable, the ITC dispute would ban the sale of at the very least a few of these corporations’ units… and given the sheer scope of the grievance, you’d in all probability discover the absences on retailer cabinets.
Not one of the corporations concerned have commented on how they will reply to the transfer. Additionally, it’s going to be some time earlier than there is a conclusion — as with all different ITC case, the Fee should assessment any preliminary determination. Nevertheless, Artistic’s technique is already pretty clear. It is playing that no less than a few of its targets will settle fairly than danger seeing a few of their most necessary merchandise banned within the US. It isn’t as if there is a easy repair, both — the media interface that Artistic describes is each very generic and close to-ubiquitous, so avoiding it will require a serious software program redesign.