Ruling on S3 Graphics Patent Complicates Apple-HTC Fight

Lora Bentley

Let's see. The last time we checked in on Apple and HTC as they battled it out in court, Apple stood at least a perceived disadvantage. Google sold a batch of smartphones to the Taiwanese company in September, which prompted HTC to file additional claims against Apple. Of course, this was after Apple won an injunction against the sale of HTC's Galaxy tablet and phones in Europe.


Now, however, it's the International Trade Commission's decision in a separate patent fight that does not bode well for HTC. PCWorld reports the ITC dismissed a patent claim that S3 Graphics was pursuing against Apple. Unfortunately, the ITC did not elaborate on what prompted the decision. Patent analyst Florian Mueller noted the commission simply closed the investigation after finding no violation of the patent in question.


The decision impacts HTC because the company is in the process of acquiring S3 - specifically to add to its patent holdings. It's doubtful that a ruling regarding one patent will impact the acquisition, but stranger things have happened.


The longer this litigation goes on, the more tangled the web becomes. Keep watching.

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