There's been a fair bit of fuss made about the US International Trade Commission's ruling that HTC has trodden on a pair of Apple patents, with some suggesting HTC's phones could be barred for the US, and that there could be ominous repercussions for other Android players too.
Well that may or may not yet prove true, but even if it does happen, it won't be before the usual appeal back-and-forth that always tends to accompany this kind of thing.
HTC was found to be infringing on Apple patents 5,946,647 and 6,343,263, which cover a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” and a “real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data”.
Those definitions being rather on the vague side, it's been suggested that other Android manufacturers could be in trouble too, even though Apple's dispute is obviously with HTC alone, and has been running since early last year.
HTC's share price has fallen 6% since Friday's ruling, but the matter is far from closed. HTC is pushing forward with its own lawsuit claiming that Apple is infringing on patents owned by subsidiary S3 graphics, while the company also intends to appeal the ITC ruling.
“Now the course of action is to appeal, we believe we have a very strong case, the attorney agrees with us, and therefore we will appeal,” HTC chief financial officer Winston Yung commented to The Wall Street Journal today.
Despite all the legal posturing, Yung is still hopeful that another solution will be found: “if the parties want to talk, we can talk anytime… I think in cases like this, you should keep in touch.”\