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Apple Uses ‘Andy Rubin Trump Card’ Against HTC

The iPhone maker Apple Inc.’s patent war against smartphone maker HTC has intensified to an entirely new bitter level. The matter is currently being looked in to by the International Trade Commission (ITC), as it is listening to the arguments made by both the complainant as well as the defender.

In a new development, it seems like Apple is all set to deploy a crucial weapon which some analysts refer to as the “Andy Rubin trump card”.

According to a recent blog post by FOSS Patents, Mr. Rubin who happens to be the founder of Android, actually started his career with a small role at Apple.

Apple claims that Andy Rubin, started conceptualising Android while he was still working in Apple as a low-level engineer.

Based on this, Apple went on claiming that HTC is infringing two of its key patents including the 263 “realtime API”.

"Android and Mr. Rubin's relevant background does not start, as HTC would like the Commission to believe, with his work at General Magic or Danger in the mid-1990s,” Apple’s recent statement to ITC read, according to this Money Control report.