leaked tablet from HTC that looks a lot like a mini version of Apple’s iMac.
BGR notes that the device appears to have a 10.1-inch display with a bottom mounted front and rear camera.
The mysterious tablet features a large empty space beneath the display, and it bears a striking resemblance to an iMac computer. On the plus side, if these images are authentic, HTC will be one of the first companies to offer a tablet that doesn’t resemble Apple’s iPad. The Taiwanese vendor has previously offered two Android tablets – the Flyer and Jetstream – though neither slate achieved any mainstream success.
The ITC has granted Apple’s motion to throw out five of the patents Google gave to HTC last summer, reports FOSS Patents.
Apple had argued that HTC lacks standing (the right to sue). Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender apparently concluded that HTC failed to acquire all substantial rights in the relevant patents. The ALJ made the decision on Friday, and it entered the public record today. As a result, only three of eight patents remain in HTC’s second ITC action against Apple. Last week Apple brought a third ITC complaint against HTC, asking for rapid enforcement against new devices of an import ban ordered in December 2011.
HTC can appeal this decision to the Commission but appeals against an initial determination by an ALJ rarely succeed. Another option may be for Google to join the investigation as a complainant but this would further strain the relationship between the companies.
FOSS Patents notes that the rejection of this Rent-a-Patent deal has implications for other cases as well. Google isn’t the only one assigning patents to other companies for the purpose of suing third parties.
HTC reported a 70% drop in net profit to T$4.464 billion ($151.5 million) in the first quarter of 2012, reports Reuters.
Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou says better times are ahead but he does not think the company will be able to return to the time where 50% of its profit came from the U.S.
“A major challenge we faced last year was the big drop in sales in the U.S. because of competition from the iPhone 4S,” Chou told an analysts’ briefing on Tuesday on the company’s first-quarter results released earlier in the month. He did not elaborate.
The company is hoping the HTC One smartphone will help it get back on track.
“I feel that HTC is being reborn this year, in terms of product strategy and execution of global sales and marketing. We are a new HTC; HTC One will help us to reach this goal,” said Chou.