updated 06:10 pm EDT, Fri June 11, 2010
ITC moves HTC vs Apple case forward
The International Trade Commission on Friday agreed to investigate HTC's patent violation claims against Apple. Officials at the US-based agency will check whether the iPad, iPhone and iPod infringe on five patents. HTC had requested a trade ban on the Apple products that would prevent them entering the US.
An agreement to proceed doesn't endorse HTC's view but means the allegations are deemed serious enough to go ahead. The ITC had already agreed to investigate HTC following Apple's own claims that the Taiwan company's smartphones copied Apple technology.
HTC's complaint was a response intended to head off Apple's own lawsuit, which itself is widely considered a proxy battle against Google for its decision to release Android.