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HTC drops appeal in US against lost Apple patent case

OTHER APPLES TO FRY:HTC dropped the appeal to focus on a number of other pending cases it has with Apple, which has used patents to block HTC sales

By George Liao  /  Staff reporter, with Bloomberg

Smartphone maker HTC Corp (宏達電) has dropped an appeal against a US International Trade Commission (ITC) patent case it lost against Apple Inc over mobile phone technology, the company confirmed in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

The ITC in February ruled that Apple did not infringe on HTC’s patent rights through its use of functions involving power consumption management and phone dialing.

“We sought the dismissal of our appeal at the end of May to focus on other pending cases at this time, and the request was granted by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on June 13,” HTC said in the statement.

“We respect the ruling and have made the decision to focus on other pending cases at this time,” HTC said.

The two companies have several other cases against each other pending at the trade agency, and HTC is appealing a finding that it infringed an Apple patent, according to court and trade agency dockets.

In the case that Apple won, some of HTC’s phones were blocked at the US border last month to ensure the company had removed a feature for data detection that was found to violate an Apple patent.

In a separate case that the Taiwanese company filed against Apple, an ITC judge on June 8 threw out five of the patents, leaving three. HTC had obtained the five patents from Google Inc, whose Android operating system is currently the most popular platform for mobile devices.

“We believe the judge’s decision is erroneous as a matter of law and will appeal the ruling to the commission,” HTC said. “We are confident in our ownership of the patents, and that Apple infringes on our intellectual property. We look forward to presenting our case on the remaining patents to the judge at trial later this year.”

To curtail the growth of Android-based phones, Apple, make of the iPhone, has started patent-infringement disputes at the US trade agency with Samsung Electronics Co and Motorola Mobility Holdings Ltd, now a unit of Google, as well as HTC.

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