HTC: S3, ITC, Sales Growth Stalls

According to The Verge:

  1. “HTC and S3 Graphics patent claims against Apple tossed out by ITC”
  2. “HTC will ‘reevaluate’ acquisition of S3 after failed ITC patent claim against Apple”
  3. “HTC growth stalls, Q4 sales forecast cut by 23 percent”

via John Gruber. Christian Zibreg, 9to5Mac:

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 Technologies’ 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 Graphics’ patents in Mac products.

Plan A: Transfer S3 from VIA to HTC. Hit Apple hard. Plan B: Let’s not implement Plan A.