Taiwan’s HTC hails Apple patent ruling

Taiwan’s HTC hails Apple patent ruling

TAIPEI - Agence France-Presse
Taiwan’s HTC hails Apple patent ruling

HTC’s latest smartphone, the Rezound, is displayed during its launch event in New York on Nov 3. REUTERS Photo

Taiwan’s leading smartphone maker HTC yesterday hailed a victory following a “better-than-expected” U.S. ruling that it had partially infringed a patent owned by Apple.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday ordered HTC to stop importing by April 19 smartphones in to the United States that used certain patents by Apple.

However, the commission said HTC had violated just one of the several patents claimed by Apple in a complaint filed by the U.S. technology giant in March last year.

The decision reversed a previous ruling that HTC had broken multiple claims of two separate patents.
“This decision is a win for HTC ... We are very pleased with the determination and we respect it,” the company said in a statement.

The news was welcomed by investors, with HTC shares closing up by their 7 percent daily limit at Tw$476 in Taipei trading.

HTC described the patent it had broken as a “small user interface experience” and it would “completely remove it from all of our phones soon”, meaning it was unlikely to affect the firm’s sales in the United States too much.

“The outcome of the final ruling is better than the market had expected, as most of the affected items were old models the company put on the market last year,” said Mars Hsu of Grand Cathay Securities.
“Besides, I believe HTC has sufficient time to make adjustments on its design and marketing strategy before April 19.”

HTC touts its own brand of smartphones and also makes handsets for a number of leading companies, including Google’s Nexus One.