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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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RE: I don't understand.
By sentico on 7/12/2011 4:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
Why does everyone think that Apple is worried about Android taking over? Apple makes a single device that is only on two carriers. Android has like what, 20 or 30 devices on the market? I would hope they would be collectively outselling the iPhone by a lot more than 2 to 1. If they're not, then I don't think Apple is worried about that aspect. I think the lawsuit is silly, but this factor doesn't add up for me.

Why does everyone think that Apple only released their iphone for 2 carriers on this entire planet?

RE: I don't understand.
By monitorjbl on 7/12/2011 5:12:53 PM , Rating: 5
America isn't the entire planet?

RE: I don't understand.
By Fritzr on 7/12/2011 6:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
In this context it simply means that iPhone is ONLY available from 2 US carriers and is available (legally) on no other carrier on Earth. The fact that the only source is US implies that these are the only source on Earth. Just as Siamese Cats are also Cats.

That said...Apple iPhones are now available in multiple countries and come September will be released in additional countries where they are not currently sold by local companies. Apple also currently sells unlocked iPhones that can be used with any GSM network compatible with unlocked phones (there are some networks requiring proprietary firmware, but those are not too common)

RE: I don't understand.
By lukarak on 7/15/2011 3:44:46 PM , Rating: 2
That is true, but... You can't compare the whole android sales with apple, because they are not the same thing. It's like saying that Audi sells more cars than Ferrari. Sure it does, and their lineups do overlap somewhat (R8) but it also makes a ton of cheaper cars. It's the same thing with Android.

RE: I don't understand.
By Skelum on 7/13/2011 9:04:39 AM , Rating: 2
The law suit is for the US... Which is also Apple biggest market. In the context of the article is was right stating that the iPhone is available with two carrier only.

I don't think apple is doing good numbers in Asia.

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