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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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Go HTC!
By Abrahmm on 3/18/2010 10:28:08 AM , Rating: 2
Fight off the idea stealing patent troll that is Apple. I really hope that HTC has some patents Apple wasn't aware of that they can cream them with and send them back to the 90's...




RE: Go HTC!
By xpax on 3/18/2010 11:32:00 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed. Apple is hilarious. "Other companies are riding on our innovation." What innovation!? That's the most chuckle inducing BS I've heard.

The last time Apple had an original idea was with the Apple I back in the 70s. Everything since has just been them stealing ideas from other companies, slapping them together with chicken wire and duct tape and releasing them.

According to Steve, everything is stupid until Apple does it. Then it's 'magical' or any number of other ill-fitting and outright crazy adjectives.

I hope Apple gets smacked down in this case. I also hope they get smacked down in the Nokia case. It'd be nice to see Apple enjoined from selling GSM capable phones. Then they can go back to doing what they do best -- music players and shitty computers.


RE: Go HTC!
By pizan on 3/18/2010 12:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
TextThe last time Apple had an original idea was with the Apple I back in the 70s. Everything since has just been them stealing ideas from other companies, slapping them together with chicken wire and duct tape and releasing them.

You forgot that they chrome them first to add the bling and add a head enlarger to it.


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