Monday, April 18, 2011

Bloomberg: ITC Staff Recommends Siding With Nokia, HTC in Apple Patent Case

According to Bloomberg:

HTC Corp. (2498) and Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) shouldn’t be found liable of infringing Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended.

A staff lawyer, Erin Joffre, disclosed the position at the start of an ITC trial in Washington today in which Apple is seeking to ban imports of mobile phones made by HTC that run Google Inc.’s Android operating system, as well as block some Nokia devices. The staff acts on behalf of the public as a third party in the case. Its recommendations aren’t binding.


Update: I contacted Susan Decker of Bloomberg who told me that this did seem to be a separate recommendation based on a belief of lack of infringement, not just a reiteration of last weeks OUII request regarding the domestic industry requirement.

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