US Trade Commission Delays Decision on HTC

Apple and Samsung have been in media attention for quite some time because of the patent war both titans are having over the last few months. Apple’s patent war is not just limited to Samsung, HTC is also facing charges over patent infringements and the HTC’s multi-touch enabled handsets are the focus of these lawsuits in particular.

Just like Samsung, Apple has also taken HTC to dozen of courtrooms all over the world. However, the most important of them is perhaps the ongoing case in the United States at the moment. The decision of the case can have huge impacts on both the companies for sure.

According to Bloomberg:

“The International Trade Commission is set to rule Dec. 6 in a patent complaint lodged by Apple against rival smartphone maker HTC Corp. (2498). The decision would mark the first final verdict from any judicial entity in Apple’s global patent war against HTC and fellow Android-phone makers Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.”

If the decision from ITC comes in favor of Apple, which means that HTC would found guilty of infringing Apple’s patents, a countrywide ban on several of HTC’s products can be seen. HTC could still have the right to file appeal against the decision.

However, in any situation HTC fails to justify its point, an injunction will be imposed on its several products in the United States which will certainly weakens its stand in other continents as well. It is important to note here that the company generates about half of its sales last year in the US. So, losing such a big market will definitely put Taiwan-based Company on the back foot. The company has already lowered its estimated sales for the fourth quarter due to tough competition against Samsung and Apple.

If the decision comes in favor of HTC, it will certainly give HTC leverage over any settlement with Apple and will also have an edge on possible future lawsuits. Apart from that, the two companies are against each other in a district court in United States as well, but we cannot expect decision somewhere near in future.

Currently, both these giants are looking forward to the decision of International Trade Commission (ITC). The decision of ITC is of sole importance as it can change the entire scenario of smartphone industry in the United States. Future of both companies very much relies on ITC’s decision.

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