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ITC to investigate Apple’s legal complaint against HTC

Rather than focus their energies on innovating the industry and moving forward with new and exciting technology, it seems that these two juggernauts are more interested in duking it out in court. As you may have heard, Apple filed a legal complaint against HTC and it seems like this complaint could have some merit.

More specifically, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted and agreed to further investigate the complaint put forth by Apple, saying that HTC stole some patents from the Cupertino-based electronics company. Steve Jobs is entering battle mode again. Apple is accusing HTC of patent theft and if ITC were to rule against the Taiwan-based HTC, it would mean that they might not be able ship their phones to the United States. That’s huge, because it would effectively do away with everything from the T-Mobile G1 to the HTC Hero and more.

This process is going to take a very long time, so don’t go out swiping up all the HTC phones in sight just yet, but the major phonemaker will need to divert some of its resources to do battle with Apple on this front. The ITC will set out a target date for when the investigation will be complete and any “actionable ruling” would then be implemented with 60 days of that.

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  • Phil

    Jonathan… Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? Karl Benz invented the car, all Ford did was come up with the assembly line that made car manufacturing much easier. I can see that you just talk without having any idea what you’re talking about. If you paid attention to ANYTHING, you would have noticed that nobody ever once said that Ford invented the car.

  • Ryan

    This is most likely related to April Fool’s Day. Always good to take things with a grain of salt on the 1st.

  • Dan

    HTC are screwed. :(

  • Jonathan

    Apple are morons! Ford invented the car but do they go around bullying everyone that makes a new car that is better in some way – NO. that kind of action would result in all of us having less choice! Apple will find (as they did with a similar action against Palm) that HTC have been in the Smartphone business much longer than they have and are responsible for most of the innovation in this field. I am sure that Apple will have to back down as HTC could easily claim that Apple copied them just as they copied Palm. Why dont lazy Apple use their money to make a better iphone instead of trying to stop other firms from making better products (if they were not better apple would not care!) Wait a minute, they just released the ipad a giant iphone for people with very big heads!! Good luck with that Apple you morons!!