HTC will appeal the ITC ruling that it infringes on two Apple patents, final verdict expected by December 6th
"We are going to appeal. We are confident that we have a strong case," said Winston Yung. Either Apple didn't bite the "let's sit down and talk it out" idea, or HTC is exploring all venues to remedy this in its favor.
The preliminary ruling of the administrative judge now has to be upheld or reversed by the whole commission. If upheld, Apple asks for a ban of HTC products in the US, which is a highly unlikely scenario. HTC is waiting for the final decision and documents supporting it, so it can examine them and prepare its defense for the appeal. A final verdict is expected by December 6.
The Taiwanese acquired S3 Graphics for $300 million, after it became known that Apple is infringing on two of its patents, as a protective move, so not all opportunities for the whole thing to fizzle are exhausted.
2. R@ul (unregistered)
well played HTC..!
3. I patented air, now it's banne (unregistered)
Really, Apple? What the hell was so hard about finding a licensing agreement like EVERY SINGLE OTHER MAJOR TECH COMPANY?
People ask why everyone hates Apple's business practices. I think immediately seeking a ban on sales of anything that infringes patents without even considering doing what any normal, reasonable company would do is a pretty damn good reason.
4. dandirk (unregistered)
Actually I am pretty sure samsung shot the first "banned" shot across the bow @ ITC vs Apple.
Don't know why its hardly reported... no seriously if you google "apple infringes 2 patents", its nothing but the HTC ruling.
but Apple has been found by the same group (ITC) to be infringing on 2 of HTCs patents (actually s3's earlier this month). HTC bought s3 just for the patents, which is a bit weak in a moral sense but makes sense in a business view.
5. snowgator (Posts: 3336; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
HTC should appeal. It is their legal right. They beat 8 of the 10 charges Apple tossed at them, and it only makes sense to play out the legal aspect.
If they win on appeal, Apple has to deal with the S3 violations. In the grand scheme of things, I hope it is just a slap on the wrist, one time payment. HTC didn't develop the tech. My bet is they don't even use it. It is just a legal sheild to hide behind if they lose to Apple. If they lose on Appeal, at least they are not at the mercy of Apple and they legal system.
6. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
ITC already ruled iOS devices are not infringing on S3 patents. Only some Macs which tips things in Apple's favor. Hopefully HTC has to pay up for the infringement.
8. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
What Taco posted is true. I don't know why he got thumbed down. I guess it no longer matters whether you are right or wrong. You just get automatically thumbed down for favoring Apple.
PA needs to update this article. Those S3 patents only affected SOME macbooks PARTIALLY, and does not affect iOS devices at all. Turns out that some licenses for iOS devices' components already covered those S3 technologies, giving them the rights to use those technologies.
9. snowgator (Posts: 3336; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Curious- what exactly is the S3 infringements, then? Got a link or site I can look it up on? Just asking...
12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
13. ngo2dd (Posts: 884; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
Really the upper hand?? Like the New mac book air? Or anything that is not a Nivida chip set.
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7. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
Thats right time for HTC to fight back!!.
10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Yes HTC, fight back so you can go back to infringing on Apple's patents and making subpar handsets. Keep doing so. Maybe this'll even slap some "Sense" into you.
14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
15. ngo2dd (Posts: 884; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
So that was about yourself? Why are you trolling? Are you a little kid who to watch grown up man in speedo grab each other and act like they are dry humbling each other?
16. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Is that all you think about, kiddo? Hey man, whatever makes your boat float.