アップル、iPhone特許20件の侵害で、Android機メーカーHTCを提訴(訴状全文)

アップル、iPhone特許20件の侵害で、Android機メーカーHTCを提訴(訴状全文) 1

特許10件の侵害でアップルを訴えたノキアも口あんぐり!

アップルが本日、米国際貿易委員会(ITC)にHTCの端末が「iPhoneのUI、基礎アーキテクチャ、ハードウェアと関係のある」20件の特許を侵害しているとして端末の終局的差し止めを求める訴えを起こしました。

アップルの言い分が認められた場合、Nexus Oneはじめ問題のHTC端末は米国で輸入・販売禁止になってしまいます。またHTC社はアップル社に利率最大の3倍賠償(=大金)を支払わなくてはなりません。HTCピンチ!

以下の訴状全文(WSJのDigital DailyのJohn記者が入手したのと同じ)を見ると、訴えの対象はHTCが作ってるWindows Mobile携帯とAndroid携帯、G1からHD2までどれもこれも全部ですね、こりゃ。半端ないですね...。

EngadgetのNilay記者が指摘しているようにHTC携帯はドッサリ並んでますが、個別の特許侵害端末のくだりで繰り返し名前が出てくるのはAndroid端末なんですね(ここ重要)。

WinMo携帯は、なんか内蔵のDSPチップの問題で名前が出てくるだけです。WinMo絡みの問題じゃなく。つまり問題はHTCというより Android&グーグル? まだ訴えられたのがHTCだけなので断言はできませんが、Android潰しの匂いがプンプンします。 

これにはHTCも青天の霹靂だったようですね。こう話してます。

 

あなたの記事とアップルのプレスリリースで今アップルの動きを知った次第です。まだ当社に訴状は届いていませんので、訴えの内容についてコメントは差し控えさせていただきたいと思います。当社は特許の権利を尊重・重視しています。しかし当社の新技術につきましたは、全力をかけて守る所存です。当社は過去13年間ずっと当社独自の技術を開拓し、特許を取得してきています。

一方スティーブ・ジョブズ。

競合が当社の特許技術を盗むのをただ座って見過ごすのもいいが、何か手を打つこともできる。当社は何か手を打つことに決めた。当社も競争は健全なことだと思うが、競合は競合で自社の独自技術ぐらい自分でつくるべき。うちの技術を盗むんじゃなくね。

「なんかどっかで聞いたような...」? そうそう、ノキアに言ったのとそっくり同じ!

訴状全文;

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ご覧のように非常に広義な特許も見受けられます。例えば、「アンロックの画像上でジェスチャーをすることにより端末をアンロックする」技術なんて、これまで出たタッチ携帯は全部使ってるんじゃ? 特許一覧は以下の通り(英文)。

The '331 Patent, entitled "Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States," was duly and legally issued on April 22, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The '949 Patent, entitled "Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics," was duly and legally issued on January 20, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '949 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit B.

The '849 Patent, entitled "Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image," was duly and legally issued on February 2, 2010 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '849 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit C.

The '381 Patent, entitled "List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display," was duly and legally issued on December 23, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '381 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit D.

The '726 Patent, entitled "System And Method For Managing Power Conditions Within A Digital Camera Device," was duly and legally issued on July 6, 1999 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '726 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit E.

The '076 Patent, entitled "Automated Response To And Sensing Of User Activity In Portable Devices," was duly and legally issued on December 15, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '076 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit F.

The '105 Patent, entitled "GMSK Signal Processors For Improved Communications Capacity And Quality," was duly and legally issued on December 8, 1998 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '105 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit G.

The '453 Patent, entitled "Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor," was duly and legally issued on June 3, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '453 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit H.

The '599 Patent, entitled "Object-Oriented Graphic System," was duly and legally issued on October 3, 1995 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '599 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit I.

The '354 Patent, entitled "Object-Oriented Event Notification System With Listener Registration Of Both Interests And Methods," was duly and legally issued on July 23, 2002 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the '354 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit J.

United States Patent No. 5,481,721 entitled "Method for Providing Automatic and Dynamic Translation of Object Oriented Programming Language-Based Message Passing Into Operation System Message Passing Using Proxy Objects," issued on January 2, 1996...

United States Patent No. 5,519,867 entitled "Object-Oriented Multitasking System," issued on May 21, 1996...

United States Patent No. 6,275,983 entitled "Object-Oriented Operating System," issued on August 14, 2001...

United States Patent No. 5,566,337 entitled "Method and Apparatus for Distributing Events in an Operating System," issued on October 15, 1996...

United States Patent No. 5,929,852 entitled "Encapsulated Network Entity Reference of a Network Component System," issued on July 27, 1999...

United States Patent No. 5,946,647 entitled "System and Method for Performing an Action on a Structure in Computer-Generated Data" issued on August 31, 1999...

United States Patent No. 5,969,705 entitled "Message Protocol for Controlling a User Interface From an Inactive Application Program," issued on October 19, 1999...

United States Patent No. 6,343,263 entitled "Real-Time Signal Processing System for Serially Transmitted Data," issued on January 29, 2002...

United States Patent No. 5,915,131 entitled "Method and Apparatus for Handling I/O Requests Utilizing Separate Programming Interfaces to Access Separate I/O Service" issued on June 22, 1999...

United States Patent No. RE39,486, entitled "Extensible, Replaceable Network Component System," reissued on February 6, 2007...

ノキア反訴で揃えた特許の倍揃えてくるなんて気合入ってますね。

iPhoneの元々のUI特許はよく調べてみると適用範囲がかなり限られてるんです。でもアップルはつい数週間前にもマルチタッチで大きな特許取ったばかりだし、マルチタッチ携帯はHTC携帯だけじゃないので気になりますね。

HTCは具体的に何がひっかかるのか、今ギズでせっせと掘り下げてるとこ。わかり次第続報入れますね。それを見たら、これが一連のマルチタッチ訴訟の第1弾なのか、HTC単発の訴訟なのか大体の見極めがつくと思いますよ。

Kat Hannaford、matt buchanan(原文/satomi)