This summer HTC acquired S3 Graphics for $300 million. This purchase assumed HTC will not have further patent problems with Apple. In other words, it was a step to assure HTC will be able to deliver handsets to the US without any problems. But as we see this didn’t influence the International Trade Commission’s decision on the case of patents, which was infringed by HTC. The commission made a conclusion Apple didn’t violate patents in its products.
HTC General Counsel Grace Lei mentioned the company got disappointed with the decision, thus they’ll very likely apply to the U.S. patent court as well. And this is actually not the only patent case between the manufacturers. There are two more cases concerning patents HTC received from Google. Another on-going case will be heard on December 6 — it deals with the issue of HTC’s violation of Apple patents.
The good news for HTC is all these rumors do not affect smartphone sales levels. HTC headed the list of the top selling smartphone brands for its Q3. Analysts claim this trend will be continued for Q4 as well.