HTC Loses Patent Infringement Case Against Apple

As patent infringement has quickly become one of the hottest topics in tech, HTC took a gamble by acquiring S3 Graphics and their portfolio of intellectual property back in July for a cost of $300 million. The Taiwanese company was hopeful that the move would pay off by providing not only protection against the allegations of Apple but also a means to directly attack the maker of the iPhone. The US International Trade Commission saw it a different way, handing down a ruling that Apple has not violated any of the patents brought in by the S3 Graphics buyout. HTC expressed disappointment in that decision and is exploring their option to appeal directly to a US patent court. Meanwhile, the smartphone maker’s stock value has dropped in light of the news, which some investors believe calls into question the initial purchase of the S3 Graphics, a company which has licensed its texture compression technology to the likes of Nintendo and Sony.

The ruling is among the first reached in about a dozen smartphone patent-related cases currently being mulled by the ITC. HTC and S3 Graphics still have three cases against Apple awaiting a decision.

[via Bloomberg]


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  • guest55555

    Watch out Vons, Ralphs, and other big chain supermarkets… you know those bunches of fruit you display to sell? Apple is coming for you next…

    • Top Gear

      Wait. So basically you all are whining because HTC, which spent 300 million just to buy a company for its patents, as opposed to creating its own, lost their first case as a patent troll?

      Wow. Fanboy Reality Distortion Field 101.

      • The_ATL_Guy

        Phandroid of all the tech forums is the lowest of the low when it comes to the fanboys.
        you must’ve missed all the vile comments that were made over the cancer and death of steve jobs.
        this forum is about as ghetto as you can get

        • Top Gear

          Indeed. Some users have to convince themselves that the product they bought was worth the cost (even though Craigslist ads three months later tells a different story), so they tend to have this irrational anger at anything ‘different’ or ‘choices’ that don’t fit into their comfy worldview.

          Quite pitiful.

          • Guest

            you do know this site is called Phandroid( Fan-Android) right? not Engadget or appleinsider or whatever. you must have came to the wrong place.

          • Top Gear

            So your argument is basically the same as ‘This is a boy’s club! No girls allowed!’.

            Wow. How lame.

          • zeorai

            Not to put to fine a point on it, but the iphone is typically more expensive.  I don’t know how well that argument holds up since the opposite argument is often used that Android is cheaper so people who purchase Android handsets are somehow unable to afford an iphone. 

          • Guest

            @Top Gear No I’m saying that you don’t go to the club that hates your guts and criticize them for hating your guts because that’s probably the reason they hate your guts in the first place.

          • Guest

            @Top Gear No I’m saying that you don’t go to the club that hates your guts and criticize them for hating your guts because that’s probably the reason they hate your guts in the first place.

        • Aeires

          Why do you post here?

          • The_ATL_Guy

            Ooooooooh you sooooooo buuuuuurned meeeeeeeeee

          • Aeires

            Congrats, you just lowered yourself to the level you complained about.

  • Jonathan Roman

    if i was a billionaire, i would buy apple and burn every factory, apple store, and every single piece of technology they ever made. and laugh

    f apple 


    • Top Gear

      1. You’re not a billionaire.

      2. Huge public companies can’t be bought as easily as that.

      3. An idiot like you could never be a billionaire.

      4. Grow up.

      • Canon User

        Steve Ballmer is a billionaire, refuting #3 and #4 …

        • Top Gear

          Well, only #3. :P

          • Alexander Ramirez

            Nope, #4 too. 

          • Top Gear

            My ‘grow up’ was unrelated to being a billionaire. So just #3.

    • The_ATL_Guy

      WOW you would inflict misery on people over a phone.
      seek help or adjust your meds or both

    • The_ATL_Guy

      you’re like the guy who never made it in life and blames
      everyone else for making it.

    • Samsung Fanboy

      Id throw a couple of top level employees in there too just for effect.

  • King_James_The_Wicked

    If Apple would quit suing everyone, I would not mind their POS existence. But as it stands, I am very displeased with them as a whole.

    • iKing_2

      “But as it stands, I am very displeased with them as a whole.”

      I bet they’re losing sleep over that……NOT

      • Alexander Ramirez

        Haven’t heard anyone use the word “NOT” since elementary school ages ago… 

        On another note, at least we know with 100% certainty you’re not Steve Jobs. 

  • koolkat2

    next court hearing: Apple vs. Granny Smith. The mother of all lawsuits.

    • xIndirect

      The grandmother of all lawsuits*

  • brent awe

    I’m just waiting for the day when a coalition founded to give voice to the trees, since they are living, but cant move or talk to represent themselves, sues apple based on the “we made apples long before you did” premise.  “omg guys, android is taking over/has taken over the market share on smart phones, how can we hope to remain profitable now?”  “meh, just slap an S behind the 4, people will line up out the door to buy it, give a name to a voice-recognition software, and sue the crap out of anyone who looks at us funny!”

    • Top Gear

      Please tell me you’re 7 years old. Because if you’re any older than that, then our educational system is really worst than I thought it was.

      • Canon User

        Totally worsterer

      • Alexander Ramirez

        You know, you’re really giving Top Gear a bad name…. The show is funny, you’re not. 

        • Top Gear

          Odd. Where did I give the impression that I was trying to be funny? You’re the one who replied to me for some reason. Maybe think before posting next time?

          • Alexander Ramirez

            “Smart guy”, that isn’t your only comment, jus’ sayin’. 

          • Top Gear

            1. I use disqus.

            2. It’s your job to reply to the correct post.

          • Guest

            @Top Gear No I’m saying that you don’t go to the club that hates your guts and criticize them for hating your guts because that’s probably the reason they hate your guts in the first place.

  • Dandapani

    Software patents are of the Debil.

  • lordofthereef

    1. HTC sues Apple
    2. HTC loses suite
    3. Everyone here starts a discussion on whether iPhone or Android is better and somehow also blames Apple for this loss of suite.

    Ehy in God’s name do all threads turn into this? (at least it didn’t turn into a “where is the Galaxy Nexus” thread)

  • stinkymeet

    Sad that all companies are funneling their money into buying patents instead of innovating.  Apple hasn’t been innovative in years and HTC is turning out to be the same way.  The Rezound, while a great phone, could have looked a whole lot more stylish.

  • Scott Stafford

    Even you iSheep should realize this patent infringement game is only stifling progression and technology. It is not good for the consumer or the technology industry, this only helps Apples pockets.

  • Henry Samuels

    Patent infringement occurs across all industries and all sectors of the economy. There are no Patent Police, so fighting patent infringement is the job of the company that owns the patent.