HTC Retooling Chipset to Avoid ITC Ban
HTC is hoping to avoid an import ban that may be levied against its flagship devices thanks to a ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC found HTC guilty of infringing on two Nokia patents last month. The initial ruling was made by an administrative law judge and will be revisited by the entire panel in January. If the panel upholds the initial ruling, HTC might be prevented from importing devices such as the One and One Mini. Unfortunately for the HTC, the violation has to do with hardware and not software. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, HTC is working with its chipset vendor, Qualcomm, to create a hardware-based workaround. HTC has only said that it "will keep its alternative plans ready to ensure no business disruption." The Journal also suggests that HTC might settle with Nokia rather than retool its hardware. The patents in question pertain to how phones transmit and receive phone calls.
Google Says 'Project Treble' To End Device Update Woes
May 12, 2017
Google today announced Project Treble, which it hopes will solve the pain of updating smartphones to the latest version of Android. As it stands today, the process is multifaceted and includes a number of moving players, including Google, silicon makers, manufacturers, and carrier partners.
ITC Agrees to Review Qualcomm's Complaints Against Apple
Aug 8, 2017
The International Trade Commission today said it will investigate claims made by Qualcomm that Apple is infringing on its patents. Specifically, Qualcomm says the processor and baseband in the iPhone 7 are violating its patented technology.
ITC to Investigate Another Complaint Against Apple
Nov 15, 2017
The International Trade Commission today said it will investigate claims made by Aqua Connect and Strategic Technology Partners that Apple is infringing on its patents. The two California-based firms filed grievances with the ITC in October and assert Apple's Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs violate their intellectual property.
ITC Says Nvidia Infringed Samsung Patents
Dec 23, 2015
A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission found Nvidia guilty of infringing three patents owned by Samsung.