ITC tosses S3 Graphics suit against Apple

The United States International Trade Commission has dismissed a lawsuit in which S3 Graphics, which HTC plans to acquire for $300 million, accused Apple of infringing on its patents. Originally, Apple was found guilty of infringing on technology owned by S3 Graphics because it used the “DXT” image format on several of its its computers. “On September 15, 2011, non-parties Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (“AMD”) and its subsidiaries ATI Technologies ULC and ATI International SRL filed a motion to intervene and terminate the investigation based on a claim that AMD owns the patents at issue and declines to assert them in this investigation,” James R. Holbein, Secretary to the Commission explained in an official letter Monday. Apple subsequently filed its own motion to terminate the investigation and the Commission decided to extend the completion date for its overall investigation until November 21st. “Having examined the record of this investigation, including the ALJ’s final ID and the submissions of the parties and non-parties, the Commission has determined to reverse the ALJ’s finding of a violation of section 337 and find no violation,” Holbein said.

[Via FOSS Patents]

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