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HTC's S3 Patents will not Help much Against Apple?

Jul 27 2011, 2:14pm CDT | by , in News | Apple

HTC's S3 Patents will not Help much Against Apple?

HTC got some wins at the ITC with the aquired S3 patents, but that might not be enough.

Apple has put HTC under pressure with patent claims. HTC made a bold move and acquired S3 for $300 million to gain access to a patent portfolio to help fight against Apple. A ruling of the ITC has now given HTC some leverage as they decided that Apple infringes against some of the S3 patents. The issue is though that these infringements only apply to Apple computers that have an AMD or Intel graphics chipset. NVIDIA based Macs are fine and also more important the iPhone is not concerned.

The patent expert Florian Mueller issued a new report today on his blog FossPatents saying that HTC's patent wins might not proof of value in the fight against Apple.

He says: "What I conclude from this (though not with absolute certainty since I'd need to see the actual agreements) is that Apple can, in a worst-case scenario (in which the ITC reaffirms the initial determination), work around the whole issue by incorporating NVIDIA graphics chips into its Macintosh computers and avoiding the distribution of Intel's allegedly infringing chips."

The big picture here is that Apple can hurt Android if they win against HTC. To equipe all Macs with NVIDIA chips is a small price to pay to get to that goal.

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