Updated: HTC loses early decision vs Apple at U.S. ITC

Upadte: HTC Corp said on Tuesday it was still confident it had a strong case in a patent lawsuit against Apple Inc after the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) preliminary ruling against the Taiwanese firm. "This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings. We are confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to protect our intellectual property," said Grace Lei, HTC general counsel in a statement. "We look forward to resolving this case, so we can continue creating the most innovative mobile experiences for consumers." HTC had filed a complaint in May 2010, accusing Apple of infringing its patents. It asked the ITC to bar the importation of Apple's iPods, iPhones and iPads. In February, the full commission will decide whether to uphold or reject the ITC judge's decision.

 

Taiwan's HTC Corp lost a patent infringement complaint filed against Apple Inc in a preliminary decision at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday. An ITC administrative law judge found "no violation" by Apple of four HTC patents that include technologies for power management and phone dialing. In February, the full commission will decide whether to uphold or reject the ITC judge's decision. HTC had filed a complaint in May 2010, accusing Apple of infringing its patents. It asked the ITC to bar the importation of Apple's iPods, iPhones and iPads.

HTC also battling the Cupertino Giant!

HTC also battling the Cupertino Giant!

 

 

The complaint -- one of several the two companies have filed against each other -- is a proxy for the larger fight for market share between Google Inc's Android cell phones and tablets, many of which HTC makes, and Apple's product line. Apple and Samsung, which also makes Android products, are locked in similar court fights on at least three continents. The ITC, a U.S. trade panel that investigates patent infringement involving imported goods, is a popular venue for patent lawsuits because it can bar the importation of infringing products. The administrative law judge, Charles Bullock, also said in his ruling that that the four HTC patents were valid. The complaint at the International Trade Commission is No. 337-721.

 

Reuters