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Will Apple's patents banish HTC phones?

Jared Newman | March 4, 2010
HTC's phones could be barred from the US, experts say, but both sides will probably look for a licensing agreement first.

That jives with a the opinion of Mark A. Goldstein of SoCal IP Law Group. He's surprised Apple filed so many claims, because doing so makes litigation "unworkable." A license or cross-license of patents seems like the most likely outcome to him.

Several attorneys said this case won't take long to resolve, at least on the injunction side. Downs said the trade commission usually rules on cases in 15 months, compared to two or three years for District Courts. Peter Toren, lead IP partner with Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP and formerly with the Department of Justice's Computer Crime & IP unit, thinks a resolution is just six months away.

Given the response from these attorneys, I wouldn't go stockpiling Nexus Ones just yet.


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