ITC Rules in Favor of Apple in HTC Patent Case
For HTC officials, this weekend may not be as relaxing as it otherwise would have been had the International Trade Commission not ruled in favor of Apple today. Earlier this afternoon, the ITC determined (in its initial ruling) that HTC is, in fact, violating two of Apple's patents.
In March of 2010, Apple filed a complaint asserting that HTC was in violation of ten of its patents. Today, an ITC administrative law judge decided that Apple was right, but only with regard to two of the patents in question. Still, this victory for Apple is one major step toward the outcome that would see HTC products banned from entering the US.
Naturally, the folks at HTC aren't thrilled. And they vow to fight. "HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC commissioners who make the final decision," Grace Lei, general counsel for HTC, said after the ruling was announced earlier today. "This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings."
Earlier this week, Apple filed another complaint with the ITC alleging that HTC's patent violations didn't end with the first ten alleged violations. Apple maintains that an additional five patents are now being infringed upon by HTC. It isn't yet clear how long it will take for the ITC to sort through and resolve the full body of complaints issued by Apple.