Last we checked on Apple and HTC, the International Trade Commission dismissed a patent claim that S3 Graphics had filed against Apple. The ruling did not bode well for HTC because the company is in the process of acquiring S3. Now, the ITC has decided to delay its decision on Apple's request to ban HTC phones in the U.S. Again.
According to Digital Trends, the decision was first slated for Dec. 6, then Dec. 14. Now, the decision won't be made until Monday, Dec. 19. Since the ITC has not offered an explanation for the delays, industry analysts speculate the parties are trying to reach a last-minute settlement.
Since the litigation began, observers have said it is Apple's attempt to go after Google for alleged infringements in its Android program. And though Google has yet to get directly involved, writer Geoff Duncan suggests that both Google and HTC have workarounds ready to go if the ITC rules in Apple's favor on this one.
I'd say he's right. To do anything less would severely impact HTC's handset business.