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ITC agrees to look into Apple's case against HTC

updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu April 1, 2010

ITC says will see if HTC violates Apple patents

The International Trade Commission on Thursday said it would look into Apple's complaint against HTC. It agreed to see whether HTC's phones might violate iPhone patents relating to hardware and software. A decision against HTC could see some or all of its phones blocked from import into the US until it resolved the dispute with Apple.

Officials at the US agency have 45 days to set a target date for when the investigation should complete. It hasn't provided an early estimate, but most such cases often take several months or more. Any decision would take effect within about 60 days.

Apple has publicly accused HTC of copying the iPhone's design, but many have already argued that HTC is ultimately a proxy target in a conflict with Google. By blocking HTC sales, Apple would cut out significant business for one of Android's most important partners. Some of the phones subject to the lawsuit are Windows Mobile devices, however.



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  1. Hamranhansenhansen

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    Not a proxy for Google

    > but many have already argued that HTC is ultimately a proxy target in a conflict with Google.

    This is ridiculous, because the HTC phones infringe even when they're running other operating systems.

    Further, all Google does is contribute to Android, an open source software project, and make 3rd party apps for phones. In the case of one phone they are a retailer also.

    When HTC uses Android, Google has no liability, same as all users of software. That is the first thing in the software license. HTC is the maker of the infringing phones, they are the ones whose phone designs have changed radically since the iPhone by some huge coincidence. They are the ones who have no inventors on staff, just cloners. That is why they are the ones that got sued.

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