Apple has defeated HTC in bout many times. It seems that HTC knows that it can lose again.
Things are starting to shape up for next month’s HTC versus Apple showdown. HTC filed a motion to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to withdraw a specific patent for a “circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system”. Now this suit has dropped the number of HTC’s claims down to two standard-essential patents.
HTC originally started off with three patents in August 2011. Then it added five more for good measure in September 2011. FOSS Patents blogger Florian Mueller noted that Apple filed a countersuit in June 2012 over alleged infringement of standard-essential 4G LTE patents. Mueller said that if Apple was successful in any of its Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) counterclaims, HTC’s ITC complaint would be an utter failure.
Apple’s most recent legal volley at HTC has said that that the company managed to skirt an ITC-issued handset injunction after allegedly making “misstatements” to US Customs officials. Some HTC handsets had been banned from import into the US after a ruling found that HTC had infringed on an Apple “data detectors” patent.