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