The company Apple has signed a major victory since the International Trade Commission has just issued its preliminary ruling on the case between Apple and HTC. According to the U.S., the Taiwanese manufacturer actually violates two patents of Apple on the ten mentioned in the complaint filed by the Cupertino company in March.
The manufacturer HTC is now awaiting the final decision but it is unlikely to change before then. The ITC and will order the withdrawal of product marketing at HTC USA and block imports to the regularization of the file.
In other words, HTC will probably have to pay royalties to Apple as it does with Microsoft that affects five dollars per handset sold Android. HTC has officially reacted to the decision of the ITC through Grace Lei, President of the Board: “HTC will vigorously defend its rights on the remaining two patents by filing an appeal before the commissioners of the ITC will make their final verdict. This is a step in the judicial process.”
The manufacturer HTC will of course defend itself before the eagerly attack from Apple that could jeopardize the sale of its products in the United States. For his part, Steve Jobs said: “We believe that competition is beneficial, but competitors should create their own technology and not steal ours.”
If defeated, HTC will obviously deal directly with Apple, but it would indeed be a big warning to the Android community in general. Android manufacturers operator should logically end up face to face with Apple in the coming months. But, as recalled by Cnet , HTC is considered the most vulnerable partners Android because of a patent portfolio very small compared to other companies like Samsung, Motorola or Sony.
In early July, HTC has also bought S3 Graphics to expand its portfolio a bit. Moreover, the ITC said that Apple had violated certain patents of S3 Graphics. That could save the skin of HTC.
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