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Despite Apple's patents on cell phone touch gestures, HTC was the first to bring a touch-gesture driven phone to the market, with its HTC Touch, released in June 2007.  (Source: Overseas Electronics)
Company is standing up to Apple's patent claims

HTC says in a press release that it is prepared to fight back against Apple's patent litigation in court.  It has not yet filed an official response or countersued, but that should follow within a few weeks.

Apple is currently suing HTC to block the import of Android handsets into the U.S.  Apple claims that it invented a host of technologies including a touch-screen finger-swipe unlock gestures, mobile object oriented graphics, and undervolting a mobile CPU via an interrupt.  These somewhat vague and far-reaching patents form the basis of Apple's claims.  Apple CEO Jobs released a statement casting his company as the tireless innovator and his rivals as thieves.

Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation, says that HTC won't tolerate Apple's bullying.  He states, "HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible."

The press release points out that HTC achieved many industry firsts -- the first Windows PDA (1998), the first Windows Phone (2002), the first gesture-based smart phone (June 2007), and the first Google Android smart phone (October 2008).  Along the way it piled up a fair amount of intellectual property, which could give it ammo against Apple in court.

Some are speculating that Google, makers of the Android operating system, may intervene and aid its handset developers legally to prevent Apple trying to stomp out the growing Android movement at the hardware level.

The stakes are high.  If Apple wins, it could effectively take many of the top Android handsets off the U.S. market, including the HTC Hero, MyTouch, Nexus One, and the soon-to-be-released Incredible.  If HTC wins, on the other hand, it will likely damage Apple's image and give the Android movement more momentum.



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patent registration
By 2bdetermine on 3/18/2010 10:12:12 AM , Rating: 3
The stupidity of patent registration system, they should only allow people to register their patent if and only if they at least have a working product to back it up not some rough diagram.

Patent sitting on some shelve waiting for dirt to build up is like someone trying to impersonate Jobs. It maybe Jobs look alike but doesn’t have the DNA to back it up.




RE: patent registration
By noirsoft on 3/18/2010 11:06:09 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't work. That would mean that only the largest of players, who have the millions of dollars to build a full product, could ever patent some new piece of computer hardware.

I'm arguing that we don't need reform, but your idea will cause more harm than good.


RE: patent registration
By 2bdetermine on 3/18/2010 12:35:00 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I'm arguing that we don't need reform, but your idea will cause more harm than good.


How it that my idea will cause more harm than good when someone somewhere come up with something that could benefit humanity as a whole without the restriction of imaginative patent?

It is all come down to money and greed.


RE: patent registration
By eskimospy on 3/18/2010 12:42:36 PM , Rating: 3
If you came up with a great new idea the smartest thing to do would be to bury it under a rock until you were able to secure enough money to produce the device and therefore patent it. While you're doing this you make no money off your good idea, no products are produced with it, and the world is presumably a worse place.

With our current system you patent your idea and if people want to use it they either buy it or license it from you. That way the inventor gets paid for his hard work, people with the money to produce it make it, and the rest of the world can use his idea to build off of it, creating new ideas from the old one. Everyone wins. (in theory)

Restricting patents to only giant corporations and other people who can make these sorts of investments is a terrible idea.


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