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HTC is fighting for its survival against a lawsuit-zealous Apple.  (Source: Reuters / Pichi Chuang)
Is Apple trying to kill the free market? HTC's law team thinks so

HTC Corp.'s (SEO:066570) general counsel, Grace Lei, issued a scathing analysis of competitor Apple, Inc. (AAPL) to the Agence France Press (AFP), commenting, "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market. HTC strongly denies all infringement claims by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights."

Those harsh words come as the gadget maker is fighting for its very survival in the face of Apple's legal harassment.  Apple is seeking a temporary injunction that would block shipments of product in the U.S., essentially killing HTC's sales.

Apple chief Steve Jobs accuses HTC and other Android phone makers of conspiring to "steal" "innovation" from his iPhone.  He claims that Android phone makers copied the iPhone's look, which was protected under a design patent.  He also claims Android phone makers infringed on his company's patent on undervolting a CPU via interrupt and on multi-touch gestures such as the "pinch" movement.  Apple has sued HTC in multiple countries.

HTC has vigorously defended itself, complaining that Apple's patents are overly generic and obvious.  It has filed countersuit against Apple.

Apple is also suing Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), the other two biggest manufacturers of Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android operating system.  Android smart phones outsold Apple's iPhone over 2 to 1 globally in the last quarter.

HTC rose from relative obscurity by becoming one of the first phone makers to wholeheartedly embrace Android.  Today it is one of the most prominent Android phone makers on the market.

The AFP report contains a minor error in that it states that Apple and Finland's Nokia (HEL:NOK1V) are currently suing each other.  Those suits have actually been settled by both parties under a licensing agreement.



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By KillerNoodle on 7/12/2011 3:30:34 PM , Rating: 3
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Apple is also suing Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), the other two manufacturers of Google Inc.'s Android operating system (GOOG). Android smart phones outsold Apple's iPhone over 2 to 1 globally in the last quarter.


The bold part just sounds incorrect seeing as to how they manufacture phones and modify the OS, not manufacture the OS.




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By kitonne on 7/13/2011 3:24:16 PM , Rating: 2
Motorola has enough patents related to the basic RF portions of the phone and cell to cell handout of a moving phone to counter-sue Apple out of existence. Historically, Motorola has not enforced their IP as aggesively as they could, but it is virtually impossible to make a cellular phone without stepping on one of their patents. I think Apple did not think this one over....


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By Camikazi on 7/14/2011 11:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
That is cause Motorola, like them or not, knows those patents are vital to the industry and aren't douchbaggish enough to try and destroy the industry just to up themselves. Apple doesn't care about the industry or about innovation, they just want control and will do anything they can to get it, even if it ends up hurting the consumers.


“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls














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