ITC delays ruling on Apple's suit against HTC until Dec 19

ITC delays ruling on Apple's suit against HTC until Dec 19
The  final ruling by the 6 person ITC panel on whether or not HTC infringed on Apple patents has been delayed until December 19th. The critical ruling was originally supposed to be announced on Wednesday and if the court upholds the original ruling from July, the Taiwan based company will have been found to have infringed on a pair of Apple patents. That result could lead to a request from Apple to have HTC products banned from sale in the States, where the company gets half of its revenue.

When the initial ruling was issued in July, other Android manufacturers and Google worried that Apple could end up successfully asking the court to stop the sale of all Android products in the U.S. and this led Google to give away nine of its patents to HTC to use as ammunition against Apple. In addition, Google then offered to purchase Motorola Mobility in a patent play.

The final ruling from the ITC on the Apple suit against HTC was originally expected on December 6th, but was rescheduled for December 14th before being changed once again to December 19th.

source: Reuters

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19 Comments

1. Battleraiser

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It is a shame that Google a company that simply developed the Android OS is having to supply the patents that it owns to the manufacturers of the devices it is put upon just to defend from the market bully like Apple. Apple needs to just finally get over themselves, especially now they're letting that Digi-whatever company do all the offensive sueing for them so they can go about their marry way. I really wish Samsung, HTC, Google, Motorola Mobility, and LG would just all band together and finally just fire back at Apple with everything they had. I would bet if they all band together to fire back, Apple would throw up a white flag. I mean, Android manufacturers can only turn their cheek for so long until it's just too much. What is Samsung decides to stop making parts for their lovely iPhone?

2. hepresearch unregistered

It is too-little too-late for Google and the Android OEM's... at this point, if the ruling comes through in favor of Apple, it will set the precedent that could get Android banned not just in the US, but all over. Apple could end up owning both Google and Motorola by the end of this, for all I know. Nokia owned by Microsoft, Motorola by Apple... that would put the two original mobile phone giants, and all their IP, in the hands of two new powerhouses who could, and likely would, crush anyone else they please. Google should have put up a bigger fight months ago... the OEM's should have banded together months ago... now, they have 5 days until their ultimate fate, regardless of how long it actually takes to play out, is effectively decided and announced. Apple does not need Samsung... they can start putting TSMC crap in their phones, instead, any time they want to... and it wouldn't really change how well the new iPhone works compared to the old.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe HTC licenses additional patents from Moto if the ITC ruling goes against them?

4. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Copying people's property isn't innovation, it's copyright violation. People may not realize, but Android isn't exactly "original" which is why they're in deep waters with Oracle regarding Java. Now I just need to bring out the glasses to make a toast if this passes.

5. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

The_Miz is complete moron if you are really the miz or not. if the judgment passes against HTC, Apple can be smart and collect licence fees on those patents like Microsoft is doing with all android manufactures, in that case everybody wins and Apple can make more money since that's what it wants the most.

6. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Don't care of him He is in his game He exists only because some people read and reply to what he spits

18. systamatics

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

that reminds me , what did microsoft win in order to get 5$ for each android phone?

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

It is what is - copyright violation is copyright violation, plain and simple.

13. hepresearch unregistered

That's not what Steve said...

12. hepresearch unregistered

What is extremely funny is that Miz happily and blissfully ignores the very words of Steve Jobs himself on the subject...

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Miz is an idiot and every statement I read of his/her tells me that miz just some kid in high school....

8. Android32

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Apples just mad cuz they are getting their asses kicked by Android! If they did stop the sale of My great phone (Samsung) I'd buy overseas & ship here.. Androidfoelife!

9. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Spoken like a true blind fanboy, Android32.

14. hepresearch unregistered

I guess the name "Android01" wasn't available... what a shame.

10. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Why Apple is not going beyond usa, europe and australia for suing. I think they dont have market other than these areas and feared other companies will throw them in waste bin. I like android and i have planned to buy App4s. Now i dont want my money to sue super companies. It's a sin

11. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

amen.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Consumers can just say no to APPLE....

17. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Correction "Consumers just can't say no to APPLE...."

19. hepresearch unregistered

Clever... and seems to be true. Mostly because Apple will soon be ripping all other choices away from them. I have mentioned before that I am considering an iPhone 3GS... it is NOT because I like what Apple does, other than the fact that it is an exceptionally smooth, simple, and stable product for the low price; it is because I am fairly certain that there will be no future in any other product, and so I am just getting in line before the they start cracking the whip on everyone who isn't already in the line. I know lately that I have not scored on popularity for the things I have been saying: Apple fans hate the idea that their beloved products are not universally superior in every way over anything else, and they hate the idea that Apple could possibly lie to them about their truly dark economic intentions when Steve 'clearly' told them that Apple LOVES competition. Android fans, on the other hand, hate the idea that Google is already set up for inevitable defeat... they have so much hope that Android is their new lease on the affordable and feature-filled mobile freedom that they want so bad, and I dislike having to tell them that its fate is already sealed. The greatest balance of feature support and mobile freedom in smartphones that has ever been had... died with Symbian 9.1-9.4 and Maemo 5. With Android, the last of the free (who still think they are free) are about to be marshaled into place for their final transition to the iOS/WP bipolar ecosystem. There, we will have the illusion of choice, but no real freedom. The results will be the same either way you go. I am not saying this stuff to be popular... that much is obvious, as the fanboys on both sides disagree with me, and sometimes get angry with me. I am saying this to warn you all that there is a bigger economic plan in motion, and that we have all become pawns in it. Mobile telephony has become so commonplace and essential in our society, that we treat it as a need, and we would not dare be caught without the capability... but the changes unfolding in the technology in recent years show us what is on the way. I might get some thumbs up, and probably a lot more thumbs down for this, but this is what I see as fact, and I'm gonna tell you all now. Wake up, and look at where we are, and at what we are doing!

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