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
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
Incredible. If HTC wins, on the other hand, it will likely
damage Apple's image and give the Android movement more
quote: I didn't realize you could rip someone off by *not* including features
quote: To say, however, that they are ripping off the iPhone is ridiculous
quote: forcing hardware manufacturers to adhere to certain standards so that their devices can take full advantage of your software is coping iPhone
quote: high-end hardware requirements does not equate to uniform
quote: I can't read spec sheets and decided based on research I've done that I'd prefer a different phone
quote: Apple invented multi-touch?... um no...
quote: you know damn well that Apple didn't invent multitouch
quote: Yes because MS decided to do that after smashing success of iPhone. Before iPhone the MS policies were exact opposite.
quote: MS is just doing the same thing with their phone OS
quote: Generally when you copy something its on similarities not missing features
quote: You also turn a blind eye when Apple does the same
quote: Do you have any anger toward Apple for stealing from Xerox?
quote: Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 device to be a bigger threat to the #1 mobile device franchise which is Blackberry
quote: Moving to x86 just like Windows?
quote: how about selling a mouse with more than one button?
quote: kind of looks like the iphone is the copycat device
quote: Apple didn't invent any of the things you are claiming WinMo7 is ripping off
quote: multi-touch and gesture interface systems have been around the block and back again with numerous companies
quote: You must be blind to not to see what I'm talking about.