US agency says Apple did not violate HTC patents

The Great Boony

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Nov 23, 2010
US agency says Apple did not violate HTC patents

A US agency has ruled that Apple did not violate graphic patents owned by S3 Graphics, a unit of Taiwan's HTC.

S3, which makes image compression technology, filed a complaint with trade agency, ITC, in May 2010.

The company accused Apple of infringing four patents, which it said were used widely in a range of Apple products.

Apple is embroiled in numerous patent disputes in many countries, most famously with Samsung.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) said its investigation into the matter between Apple and S3 had been terminated.

Shares in HTC, which purchased S3 in July, fell 4.9% on the news.

In July, an ITC judge had ruled that Apple infringed some of the patents.

The latest ruling reverses the earlier decision.

The ITC is an agency that has the power to block the import of products into the United States that it believes violate patents.



macrumors G4
Feb 5, 2009
Priceless . . .

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“HTC plans to ‘reevaluate’ its buyout out S3 Graphics now that S3 has lost its ITC case against Apple, the smartphone designer said in a statement Wednesday,” Electronista reports.

“The brief response didn’t give a likelihood but indirectly admitted that HTC had bought S3 solely on the basis of its interim patent win over Apple, which was just overturned this week,” Electronista reports. “HTC had been prepared to spend $300 million.”
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