Apple goes after HTC in patent case again

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Last year, Apple launched a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC for violating some 20-odd bits of intellectual property. The International Trade Commission stepped in to investigate, and though a judgement on that complaint is set for August 5, Apple has filed at least one more last week. The details of the complaint aren’t disclosed, but as usual, Apple is seeking to block HTC imports until it’s all settled.

You might recall that HTC recently acquired S3 graphics for their rich patent portfolio, which could also pose a significant threat to Apple, who had been caught infringing on their patents. That said, they could be on the receiving end of more patent litigation from HTC, which makes me think Apple’s ongoing pursuit is just poking the bear. I’m curious to see the extent of the new complaints, and if they’re strong enough to keep HTC tied up in courts for yet another year, or maybe even result in some royalties being paid.

Earlier this summer, Apple lost a patent case defending against Nokia, but for their sake, here’s hoping their legal offense is a bit more effective.Anyone taking bets on how this case will wrap up?

[via Bloomberg]

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    All these cases Apple is pursing smacks of them realizing they’ve lost their competitive edge. Sure they were innovative with the iPhone but they haven’t pushed anything anywhere near that major since and everyone else has caught up. So instead of trying to push out the next big thing they want to sue everyone else out of the market.

    • Rdf

      Is it just me or do a lot of tech companies try to copy apples design these days? What I’m saying is, yes Apple shouldn’t keep throwing out law suits but OTHER companies should also stop blatantly copying from Apple. You shitting, shitty, shit. Yeah take that you little strumpet. 

    • Rdf

      Is it just me or do a lot of tech companies try to copy apples design these days? What I’m saying is, yes Apple shouldn’t keep throwing out law suits but OTHER companies should also stop blatantly copying from Apple. You shitting, shitty, shit. Yeah take that you little strumpet. 

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