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Apple V. HTC: Split Decision By ITC

7/18/2011 12:19:10 PM Eastern
Taoyuan, Taiwan - An International Trade Commission (ITC) administrative law judge upheld two of four patent claims lodged by Apple against rival HTC, but HTC said it was confident the full commission will toss the two complaints when it reviews the decision.

Apple had originally claimed HTC violated 10 patents when it filed its complaint in 2010, but the six of the claims were later dropped, HTC said.

"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, HTC's general counsel. Although the company hadn't yet read the judge's full opinion and analysis, HTC said "the ITC's staff attorney independently studied the facts and argued at trial that HTC does not violate any of the 10 Apple patents."

In addition, Lei said, "We strongly believe we have alternate solutions in place for the issues raised by Apple."

A final determination by the commission is due in early December.

 In a separate ITC complaint filed by Apple in recent weeks against HTC, Apple alleged infringement of five patents involving such things as user interfaces, motion sensors and touchscreen hardware. In response, HTC stressed that it introduced its first touchscreen smartphone in June 2002 before Apple's introduction of its iPhone in 2007.

Recently, Apple and Nokia settled their patent disputes, but other suits involving Apple remain open. Earlier this year, Apple filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against Samsung, alleging the Korean electronics manufacturers' Galaxy S smartphones and its Galaxy Tab knock off the look and feel of Apple's competing products. Samsung fired back at Apple, filing lawsuits in overseas courts alleging that Apple violated 10 of its smartphone and computer patents.

 Last October, Motorola Mobility launched three patent suits against Apple over the same patents. Apple countersued.
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