Washington, D.C. – The U.S. International Trade Commission announced that it will revisit a ruling by an administrative law judge finding that Apple had not infringed four of HTC’s patents. In May 2010, patent attorneys for HTC filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that Apple’s IPods, IPhones and IPads infringe upon HTC’s patents. HTC asked the commission to ban all imports of IPods, IPhones and IPads. In July, the ALJ issued a 200+ page ruling finding no patent infringement. Friday’s decision by the ITC will only review one of the four patents that HTC claims has been infringed. Now a panel of six commissioners will look at whether that patent was infringed.
Reuters.com described the case as “a proxy for the larger fight for market share between Google Inc’s Android cellphones and tablets, many of which HTC makes, and Apple’s products.” Patent attorneys for Apple have filed a similar complaint with the ITC and in the U.S. District Court of Delaware alleging that HTC’s smart phones infringe Apple’s patents.
Practice Tip: As the Reuters.com’s story points out, Apple, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Motorola all have current patent infringement litigation pending over smart phone technology. Expect to hear more about patent infringement cases involving smart phones.