At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be just another skirmish in the smartphones patent war, but the timing of VIA Technologies’ patent infringement suit against Apple is suspicious. VIA is a chipmaker, and they don’t compete with Apple, for the most part. The three patents VIA claims are being infringed by iPhone, iPod, etc., involve a microprocessor.
Here’s why IPBlog thinks it’s more of the same: Cher Wang, the Chairman of VIA Technologies is also Chairman of HTC Corp. In effect, HTC has opened up another front, and potentially a significant one.