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Much of Apple's Mac computer lineup has been found in infringement of HTC's newly acquired intellectual property. This could lead to a ban on imports -- effectively a ban on sales -- in the U.S.  (Source: Cult of Mac)

Meanwhile, Apple has filed yet another ITC complaint against HTC, this time alleging that the new HTC Flyer tablet infringes on its intellectual property.  (Source: HTC)
Apple will have to pay up -- or negotiate a settlement

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has put Taiwan's HTC Corp. (SEO:066570) in a very bad spot.  The larger, more profitable gadget maker has hit HTC with a series of lawsuits worldwide, and recent scored a favorable preliminary ruling, which could lead to a complete ban on HTC handsets in the U.S.

But HTC appears to have some leverage, now.  In an unsealed ruling dating back to July 1, it has been declared that Apple infringed on intellectual property of recent HTC acquisition S3 Graphics.

The IP in question covers image compression techniques in software and hardware.  The U.S. International Trade Commission Judge James Gildea ruled that while Apple's popular iPad, iPhone, and iPod lines of mobile gadgets are not in violation of the IP, some of Apple's Mac OS X computers are.  

As NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) is a licensee, units with its GPUs are not in violation.  However, models with graphics by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) or integrated graphics from Intel Corp.'s (INTC) (such as the newly refreshed MacBook Air lineup) are in violation.

The ruling thus clears the way for a partial ban on the import of Macs.  As virtually all Macs are manufactured outside the U.S. (mostly in Asia), this would be a major blow to Apple's booming computer lineup, which posted in $17.5B USD computer sales last year.

The judge also ruled that two of S3's patents in the case were invalid, and that some of the minor claims within the two valid patents were invalid.

While the ruling was "unsealed" (made official), it has not yet been made available to the public as the companies are reportedly quibbling about what constitutes redaction-worthy confidential information in the document. Bloomberg reported on the release, based on early information.

The ruling now goes before a full six judge ITC panel for confirmation.

While a ruling which found Apple's iPad and iPhone -- which accounted for 46 percent of its revenues last year -- would have been even better, the victory gives HTC substantial leverage to broker a cross-licensing agreement, which could save HTC from a similar import ban on its smart phones.

Meanwhile, Apple filed two weeks ago, on July 15, a new ITC complaint against the HTC Flyer tablet, which it says infringes on several of its patents.  Of course, if the companies can come to terms, HTC's tablet lineup would, in theory, be covered under a cross-licensing agreement, as well.

If the S3 IP can save HTC from Apple's litigious wrath, that $300M USD acquisition, which was blasted by investors, could just turn out to be a great deal.

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RE: What retardation is this?
By DanNeely on 7/27/2011 10:53:11 AM , Rating: 2
"While a ruling which found Apple's iPad and iPhone -- which accounted for 46 percent of its revenues last year -- would have been even better for HTC , the victory gives HTC substantial leverage to broker a cross-licensing agreement, which could save HTC from a similar import ban on its smart phones."

The text I added (in bold) is implicit in the statement.

RE: What retardation is this?
By xype on 7/27/11, Rating: -1
RE: What retardation is this?
By Fritzr on 7/27/2011 1:36:36 PM , Rating: 2
Reading comprehension helps a great deal. You should work on that.

The ARTICLE in which the statements appear, mention AMD and Intel tangentially. The article has nothing in particular to say about AMD or Intel. The article explicitly discusses a court battle between HTC, a manufacturer of smart phones who possess patents that HTC claims are used by Apple without license, and Apple, a manufacturer of computers and smartphones who poseess patents that Apple claims are used by HTC without license.

AMD & Intel manufacture some parts that may or may not infringe on any of the patents in question, but neither of these companies is involved in the lawsuit discussed.

Sorry for not eliminating the remaining implied statements in the first paragraph, but I wish to keep it under 10 pages :P

RE: What retardation is this?
By Fritzr on 7/27/2011 1:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
Whuh? It’s completely irrelevant, since it’s about Intel and AMD GPUs and the iPad and iPhone aren’t using them. ...<snip>"You know what would have been even better for HTC?! If Ford and GM were included with AMD and intel! \o/"

Now, I’m not saying there’s no additional upcoming ligitation targeting PowerVR—but that’s not what the article is about, is it?

The article is also not about iPhone, iPad, (also iPod Touch which is basically an iPhone minus the phone), AMD, Intel, Ford or GM. It is about Apple's Mac Computers which may infringe on HTC patents.

HTC I assume retains the rights to negotiate or litigate with other companies it determines to be infringing, but this article confines itself to the case that was actually filed.

See my note above about improving your reading comprehension :D

RE: What retardation is this?
By xype on 7/27/11, Rating: -1
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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