HTC buys-out S3


In today’s technology market, it is difficult not to be called an infringer when patents are concerned. Companies have been accusing one another of copyright infringement.

Even Taiwanese tech firm, HTC isn’t absolved from this problem. But just like any other company out there, HTC has learned their lessons well and started to buy other companies for their patents.

Reports have it that HTC has completely purchased S3 Graphics. Analysts have said that this acquisition by HTC will help the company fend off copyright infringement cases and as well as arm themselves to combat Apple.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said, “We think S3’s patent portfolio is valid and strong and we have decided to complete the purchase of S3 after cautious assessment.”

S3 currently has around 270 patents. Some of these are licensed to other companies like Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. This purchase allows HTC control of those patents.

Two HTC smartphones were delayed in US Customs, due to patent infringement claims by Apple. The HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE were stuck in the Customs for months due to the problem. They have since been released.

Will HTC be more active now since they have new bullets to fire back at companies?