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July 26, 2011 / David Bleeker

ITC rules Mac OS X violates S3 patents, iPhone and iPad do not

A US International Trade Commission judge has ruled that two patents held by S3 are being infringed by some of Apple’s Mac computers, but invalidated two other patents and stated that Apple’s iOS devices are not infringing any of the S3 patents.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the S3 patents, held by the Fremont, California image compression technology firm, have been acquired by Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC for $300 million in an effort to defend that company’s Android-based smartphones from iPhone patents leveraged by Apple. [read more]

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