HTC decides not to fight Apple over ITC ruling
I’m sure most know that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled back in February that Apple didn’t infringe on HTC patents to do with how mobile phone manage power supply, and HTC intended to appeal against that ITC ruling; however it appears that HTC has decided not to fight Apple over this particular matter and as such has dropped the appear of the ruling made in Apple’s favour.
According to the guys over at Phone Arena by way of Bloomberg, HTC sought the dismissal of the appeal on the 31st of May and the dismissal was granted yesterday according a notice on the court’s website (PDF).
In a statement HTC have stated that they respect the ITC ruling, and as such have made the decision to focus on other pending cases at this time.
Of course HTC has other cases against Apple and visa versa, including HTC appealing against a lower court that ruled HTC infringed on an Apple patent that led to an ITC exclusion order that kept the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE out of the USA for a while.
Whilst in another infringement case HTC filed against Apple, an ITC judge threw out five of the eight infringement claims to be decided upon, and HTC has said that they “believe the judge’s decision is erroneous as a matter of law and will appeal the ruling to the Commission.”
Thus is seems Apple has been handed a win in this particular patent fight, but no doubt as with all patent infringement fights this will continue for a whole lot longer yet before either can reach a settlement.