It's quite common these days - unfortunately - that one company sues another company for intellectual property misuse. And therefore, instead of fighting in the market by trying to attract customers with attractive products, companies sues each other with patent infringements. The latest episode is Apple's vs. HTC's patent case where HTC last week received notice of the ITC (International Trade Center) judge's initial determination in the Apple vs. HTC case, ITC No. 337-TA-710. Apple originally asserted 10 of its patents against HTC in March 2010, and the judge ruled that HTC seems to indeed infringed on 2 patents.
According to this weekend's press release, HTC does not yet have access to the judge's full opinion and analysis to determine the details of his findings:
"We are highly confident we have a strong case for the ITC appeals process and are fully prepared to defend ourselves using all means possible," said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC. "We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple. We look forward to resolving this case, so we can continue creating the most innovative mobile experiences for consumers".
The ITC's Staff Attorney independently studied the facts and argued at trial that HTC does not violate any of the 10 Apple patents.
Furthermore, the ITC has already ruled that Apple is infringing the patents of HTC's subsidiary S3 Graphics as part of ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-724. HTC announced its acquisition of S3 Graphics on July 6, 2011.
Cheers ~ Arne