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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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RE: Apple Defense
By Luticus on 3/18/2010 12:44:22 PM , Rating: 2
Regarding the hardware standards it's more about the fact that the older software could run on lower end equipment without sacrificing much performance. Speculation: Now on the newer OS they realize that if 3rd parties release the OS on crappy hardware that their OS will take the blame in the same way Vista did. I'd say it's more learning from their past than copying iPhones "smashing success". Besides that, iPhone doesn't have specific hardware requirements that 3rd parties have to meet because iPhone OS can only run on Apple hardware PERIOD! Therefore iPhone has NOTHING at all to do with 3rd party hardware. Even more than that are you seriously suggesting Apple has exclusive rights to minimum specification requirements (what don't you give Apple credit for)? So every game or piece of software released since the 80's, hell probably even before then, has somehow copied Apple with minimum specifications?? You can't be serious!? Minimum specs aren't about uniformity, they are to ensure that the hardware has the capability to take advantage of the software to a certain level. Manufacturers still have the option to include more features and add their personal touches in whatever why they like as long as they keep the minimum specs in mind.

I don't select by spec sheets alone (though they do help), I also read reviews, ask friends who have already made the purchase, go to stores and check out demos, use trial periods, etc. to make purchasing decisions. If you blindly purchase something just because the manufacturer says it's good than that's not saying much about your ability to make smart purchases, not that I care. Though I don't understand what, if anything, my selection method for purchasing decisions has to do with the argument at hand regarding MS copying Apple.

Furthermore, using something in your spec list that is technically better isn't exactly copying your competition if what you're using is freely available by other vendors, that's like saying a car manufacturer is copying another because it uses the same vendor for tires, even though the design of the entire car differs in nearly every other aspect.

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