ITC agrees to hear Apple’s HTC patent complaints, may decide case in 45 days

It seems in the patent case between Apple and HTC, the wheels of justice may work faster that for most, with the major part of the  case possibly decided by the middle of May.

When Apple accused HTC of patent infringement, they did it not only in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, where the case may take many years to wind it was through hearings, appeals and counter-appeals, but also at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which moves much, much faster, and has the power to bar imports into USA.

The ITC has now agreed to hear the case and said it would set a target date for completion of the investigation within 45 days of instituting it.

The suite involves all of HTC’s devices, both Windows Mobile and Android, but the Android devices are more affected, as the patents cover their software implementations, which may be harder to work around than simply swapping out hardware in the Windows Mobile devices.

Google has said it would stand by HTC, but as yet remains unnamed in the various cases.  Microsoft on the other hand appears to support the case, saying sorting out the intellectual property issues would be of benefit to the industry.

Approximately 20% of HTC’s sales are to the US, and it forms a larger part of their revenue.

Read more at eetimes.com here.

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