HTC to appeal Apple patent ruling

18 Jul 2011

HTC has said it would “vigorously fight” a preliminary ruling a US trade panel judge has made, which finds HTC Corp infringed on two of Apple’s patents.

HTC maintains it has not violated any patents mentioned in the case and said it was confident it had a strong case for an appeal.

Apple had sued HTC for infringing 10 of its patents.

This ruling by the US International Trade Commission means the US may ban imports of some HTC phones, unless the ruling is overturned.

The judge found HTC guilty of violating two Apple patents when HTC produced mobile phones based on Google’s Android operating system.

Since the findings are preliminary, they are subject to review by the entire committee in Washington. A final decision is due on 6 December, but HTC is already feeling the effects of the Friday ruling: Shares in the company fell as much as 7pc today.

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