A district court judge has issued rules on preliminary motions today over a lawsuit in which Immersion Corporation has accused HTC of infringing on several of its patents concerning haptic feedback technologies. In his opinion, the judge has agreed to go forward with litigation over two of the patents in question, but has dismissed three others.
In a statement released after the ruling, Immersion's CEO stated that he was pleased that the judge has agreed to proceed with hearing the company's case on two of the patents, but he plans to appeal the ruling on the other three:
"We are disappointed in the judge's procedural interpretation, believe we have a strong basis for overturning it, and are considering appropriate avenues for relief. In light of this ruling, we remain extremely confident in our case and look forward to the upcoming trial."
Essentially, what this ruling means is that the judge has agreed that two of the patents are valid and the court will now move on to deciding whether HTC has indeed infringed upon them.