As well as the various court cases between Samsung and Apple, another Android device manufacturer is in the middle of a range of court cases and with Apple, HTC, and it would appear that HTC has just lost its first battle against Apple.
We heard recently that HTC were suing Apple with Google’s recently acquired Motorola patents, this case has yet to be decided, but HTC also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission against Apple back in May last year, and the ITC has now ruled on the case.
Last may HTC filed a request with the ITC to ban the import of Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPods into the US, this was related to four patents which HTC accused apple of infringing.
The ITC has now ruled on the case, and the ITC judge has said that there has been ‘no violation’ of HTC’s patents by Apple, the case will be reviewed by a panel of judges in February 2012 to decide whether this decision is upheld.
This latest ruling between HTC and Apple will be a bit of a blow to HTC, as the ITC also ruled a while back that HTC had infringed on two of Apple’s patents.