ITC Postpones Ruling In Apple vs. HTC Case for December 14

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The International Trade Commission should have made a ruling today, December 6, in the Apple versus HTC case, where Cupertino accuses Android-powered phones to be iPhone “rip-offs”. Instead of a ruling, the ITC published an official notice postponing the ruling to December 14.

If siding with Apple, HTC could see a U.S. import ban on its devices. The ITC Office of Unfair Import Investigations earlier said that “there is no evidence that U.S. demand for the accused products cannot be met by numerous other entities, including or its licensees”, with reference to public interest, except for its 4G phones, where HTC would theoretically get a six months head start for the competition to catch up, in case of an unfavorable ruling.

As Florian Müller — mobile patent blogger — points out, “Apple’s key arguments make a lot of sense in light of technical realities” but, “unfortunately for Apple, the Commission, the six-member decision-making body at the top of the ITC, isn’t a technical committee. Those are lawyers, and whenever they can’t form their own opinion as to what makes technical sense, they’ll have to use legal methodology to arrive at a conclusion and rely on testimony.”

With the ruling delayed for next week, we’re looking forward to a pretty busy period. We’ll have the Apple vs. HTC ITC ruling on the 14th, three Microsoft vs. Motorola Mobility hearings in Germany on December 15, a Samsung vs. Apple hearing in Germany as well as one in Italy on the 16th plus another ITC case in Microsoft vs. Motorola.

Source: ITC, FOSS Patents

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