Apple Infringed S3 Image Processing Patents: ITC

Law360, New York (July 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that Apple Inc. infringed two patents belonging to S3 Graphics Co. Ltd. covering image processing technology used in video graphics.

Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea ruled that Apple infringes U.S. Patent Number 6,658,146, which describes a system and method for compressing images, and U.S. Patent Number 6,683,978, which covers a method for block-based image compression, according to Fremont, Calif.-based S3.

The patents are part of a technology called S3 Texture Compression, according to the company.

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