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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: macdevdude
By Tony Swash on 7/12/2011 5:55:17 PM , Rating: -1
Tony Swash, is that you?

No. My 87 year old dad has just had a heart attack so I am a bit distracted.

RE: macdevdude
By ClownPuncher on 7/12/2011 7:03:04 PM , Rating: 5
While you were posting this? Cold, man.

RE: macdevdude
By vol7ron on 7/15/2011 10:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
Tony is busy at the hospital. While he was away his PC battled his Mac. After a ferocious battle of "you can't do this" and "you can't keep out this"... it won. His post was auto-generated by his PC in his absence.

RE: macdevdude
By Kalessian on 7/12/2011 11:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
There's an app for that.

RE: macdevdude
By chick0n on 7/13/11, Rating: 0
RE: macdevdude
By hexxthalion on 7/13/2011 10:50:15 AM , Rating: 4
sorry to hear that dude

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