early March, Apple filed
a suit against HTC for violating patents that it holds for
multi-touch screen technology and CPU undervolting for smartphones.
Apple filed its complaint with the U.S International Trade Commission
(ITC) and the U.S. District Court in Delaware. In all, Apple sued HTC
for infringing 20 different patents that it holds.Steve Jobs
said when the suit was filed, "We can sit by and watch
competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something
about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think
competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own
original technology, not steal ours."In May, HTC
filed a complaint with the ITC alleging Apple was infringing
on its patents and is seeking to ban the import of infringing devices
like iPhone, iPad, and iPods. “We are taking this action against
Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners,
and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones,” said HTC
North American VP Jason Mackenzie at the time.
ITC has now said that it will investigate the allegations against
Apple. The federal agency posted
the following on its website:
U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an
investigation of certain portable electronic devices and related
software. The products at issue in this investigation are portable
electronic devices that utilize certain power management methods and
may incorporate hardware and software for telephone directories
within mobile telephone systems.
investigation is based on a complaint filed by HTC Corp. of Taiwan on
May 12, 2010. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the
Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale
of certain portable electronic devices and related software that
infringe patents asserted by HTC. The complainant requests that the
USITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.
ITC goes on to say that it will complete its investigation within 45
days. HTC claims that Apple is infringing on five of its
patents that have to do with cell phone directory hardware and
software as well as power management technology.
is no official statement from Apple on the suit at this time.