Back in July of 2011, HTC bought a company known as S3 Graphics for $300 million to help bolster their patent portfolio. Among one of the many cases between the two companies, was a case where HTC claimed Apple was violating patents they held after the S3 acquisition was completed. A ruling on that case has been handed out, and HTC has lost.
There was little to no explanation behind the verdict, but HTC can still challenge the ruling in a court of appeals. HTC General Counsel Grace Lei said that HTC was understandably disappointed, but that they respect the ITC’s decision. She continued on to say that, “while the outcome is not what we hoped for, we will review the ruling once the commission provides it and will then consider all options, including appeal.”
HTC has several other court cases against Apple being processed, but this victory for Apple raises doubts about the usefulness of HTC’s S3 Graphics purchase. Despite the huge numbers HTC put up for the third quarter, analysts are saying that this loss may have a long-term negative impact on HTC’s stocks.
The next case between the two companies to be decided involves HTC infringing on two of Apple’s patents. A decision is expected to be handed out December 6th.