ITC to Apple: Mac OS X Violates S3 Graphics Patents

Lora Bentley

Because we haven't heard enough about Apple and patent litigation lately ...

 

The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reported Wednesday that Apple's Mac OS X operating system violates two patents held by S3 Graphics. An International Trade Commission judge made the decision public this week.

 

The ruling does not apply to Mac computers that run Nvidia graphics chips, nor does it apply to devices running the iOS mobile operating system. But it could mean a ban on the import of affected computers if the full commission approves the decision.

 

 

More interesting than apparent infringement by Apple, though, is the fact that Tawainese smartphone maker and Apple rival HTC is in the process of acquiring the graphics company. Maybe that's why the company didn't trumpet its misfortune when, earlier this month, a different ITC judge decided HTC's Android devices infringed two different Apple patents.


 

Now both have something with which to negotiate.



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