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HTC Shares Tank on Apple Patent Ruling

HTC’s share price declined more than six percent Monday as investors reacted to a preliminary International Trade Commission ruling that found the company infringed two Apple patents. Clearly, the possibility that the ITC might ban the import and sale of the Taiwanese company’s smartphones or force it into a costly licensing deal with Apple is troubling the market.

“If Apple views HTC as one of its major competitors in US market for high end smartphones and leverages these legal tactics to seek royalty payments, this could raise HTC’s cost structure relative to Apple and other Android makers,” Morgan Stanley analyst Jasmine Lu said in a note to clients. “[And that] could adversely affect HTC’s share opportunity if other Android makers are not required to pay the same royalties as HTC in the near future.”

HTC plans to appeal the ruling. But as many an observer has pointed out, preliminary ITC determinations are seldom overturned.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik