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Apple's Mac OS X Infringes HTC Owned Patents, iOS Does Not

The US International Trade Commission has ruled that Apple’s Mac OS X platform infringes on two patents belonging to S3 Graphics, which was recently acquired by HTC for $300 million.

However, much to the disappointment of HTC, the same panel also ruled that the S3 patents are not infringed by Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

Back in May, S3 had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Macs violate four of its patents. The ITC declared two of the four patents invalid but found that the other two were being violated by the Apple Macs.

HTC, which already had interests in S3, acquired it fully to gain a strategic advantage over Apple, as the two companies are currently fighting a bitter battle in the courts over Android and iOS.

Mac infringing on S3 patents might have no impact at all on the on-going litigation between Apple and HTC, but the decision prompted HTC CFO Winston Yung to hint that the company was looking to avoid a messy legal battle and was open to negotiations with Apple.

“We are open to all sorts of solutions, as long as the solution and the terms are fair and reasonable, [...] on and off we've had discussions with Apple, even before the initial determination came out,” Jung said in a statement.