According to The Verge:
- “HTC and S3 Graphics patent claims against Apple tossed out by ITC”
- “HTC will ‘reevaluate’ acquisition of S3 after failed ITC patent claim against Apple”
- “HTC growth stalls, Q4 sales forecast cut by 23 percent”
Both VIA and HTC share the same owner, Formosa Plastics Group, a Taiwanese conglomerate whose diverse interests include biotechnology, petrochemical processing and production of electronics components. The entity is owned by the Wang family. The wife of VIA Technologiesâ€™ CEO is Ms. Cher Wang, chairperson and co-founder of HTC. In July, VIA Technologies, the original owner of S3 Graphics, won a lawsuit against Apple over infringement of two of S3 Graphicsâ€™ patents in Mac products.
Plan A: Transfer S3 from VIA to HTC. Hit Apple hard. Plan B: Let’s not implement Plan A.