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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: Patents suck
By muhahaaha on 3/18/2010 11:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
I also find Apple's success to be largely due to their advertising. They have these cute little adds plastered all over your favorite channels.

Back in the days, the Commodore Amiga computer was the tits and used mostly the same hardware as the Mac. But it had much more advanced graphics and multitasking via custom chips. But Commodore's lack of advertising ultimately led to its demise while the inferior black and white Mac did well. Apple has always known that it isn't about how good the actual product is... it is about how you portray it.

My biggest gripe is that other companies just haven't learned their lesson from Apple and others that manufacture bullshit.

RE: Patents suck
By muhahaaha on 3/18/2010 11:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
funny i got modded down for telling the truth. Apple fanbois at work!

RE: Patents suck
By muhahaaha on 3/18/2010 11:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
I've only been a software developer for 20 years now so I've been around, and unlike Pirks and Reader1, I have a clue.

I hope this HTC vs Apple case shines some light on Apple's bullying and monopolistic behavior. If they had the market share of MS the government would be all over them.

RE: Patents suck
By muhahaaha on 3/18/2010 11:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
I've read through all the posts tonight, and the ones that really make sense and show that Apple is full of $hit have been down-rated. Go figure. I am tired of this stupidity.

RE: Patents suck
By Pirks on 3/19/2010 8:53:14 AM , Rating: 2
Weird, I find the opposite. Mostly pro-Apple posts are downrated here.

I agree with you on superiority of Apple's marketing and presentation skills of the Jobs himself. Did you see that famous Azure unveiling presentation where MS invited some weirdo to talk about something nobody understood for like an hour while people kept dozing off and finally the whole audience went asleep and snoring?

Compare it with Jobs's speeches. There you go, nothing could be added to it. Two perfect portraits of the two biggest IT companies in the US, showing who is who. One is this Azure presentation and another is a typical Jobs speech/presentation.

Same could be said about ads, funny and concise Apple ones and "zzzz I'm sleeeepiinn... wake me up later... snort snort" ads with Senfield from MS... gee no wonder we are in this situation today.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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