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HTC will fight Apple's lawsuit

updated 12:30 am EDT, Thu March 18, 2010

HTC claims it has been innovative

HTC late Wednesday formally objected to Apple's lawsuit. The Taiwanese smartphone maker said it would "fully defend itself" and denied that it had infringed any patents. It instead claimed it was respectful of technology and that it has been developing technology on its own.

"HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done," company chief Peter Chou said. "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 company pointed out that it had one of the longest histories in smartphones and was the first with a Windows PDA in 1998; it had a 3.5-inch touchscreen smartphone through T-Mobile with the Pocket PC Phone Edition. It also argued that it edged out Apple for the first gesture-based phone, the HTC Touch, by a matter of weeks in June 2007.

No clues were given as to how HTC would defend itself, as only some of the 20 Apple patents in the dispute might find an earlier precedent through gestures or similar features in HTC's predominantly Windows Mobile-based early lineup. Many observers have contended that Apple's lawsuit is actually a proxy war against Google, which it believes has betrayed Apple's mobile efforts by launching Android and then introducing its own multi-touch support.



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  1. A grain of salt

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    Joined: Sep 2007

    +4

    Well...

    What choice do they have?

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    -7

    Does anyone think Apple has a chance

    of winning this lawsuit against HTC and block Android from using multitouch? It really seems like such a longshot. Will it take a year or so for this case? Because meanwhile, Android will go on flooding the smartphone market at a high rate and Apple will be only able to watch Android grab up market share. If Apple doesn't win this suit, they should definitely get into the search business just to spite Google.

  1. dliup

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    +5

    @iphonerulez

    Android is only for nerds, and looks like droid sucked up most of those who actually pays for something. Why? Nexus One suffered slow sales.

  1. chefpastry

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    Joined: Nov 2005

    +7

    Logical reply

    What else would you expect them to say???

  1. starwarrior

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    +1

    News?

    When in trouble, when in doubt; run in circles, jump and shout.

  1. aristotles

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    -1

    Got to love this quote

    "It also argued that it edged out Apple for the first gesture-based phone, the HTC Touch, by a matter of weeks in June 2007."
    If Apple filed for patents, those filings would have been available for public consumption before the iPhone was even in productions. Then there is the whole issue of industrial espionage. We have seen how many leaks have come out of the iPhone factories so it should come at no surprise that HTC could have received advanced intel to launch their phone a few weeks earlier.

  1. wrenchy

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    -1

    @ dliup

    > Android is only for nerds

    And Apple is for.... Same group of nerds i'M afraid.

    > looks like droid sucked up most of those who actually pays for something

    Due to brilliant marketing. Something that Steve Jobs is no stranger to - The ultimate Snake Oil iSalesman.

    > Nexus One suffered slow sales

    NO marketing, web-only sales.

    Steve Jobs: "Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them."
    Well at least Jobs is not stupid. He sees the threat. The REAL threat. And he is afraid. Very afraid. He sees the writing on the walls and he is panicking - throwing tantrums like a child. Suing anyone that dares come close to the look and feel.

    Ohhhh Stevie... You cannot stop the inevitable.... The little green robot is coming.

    Why can't the two platforms exist? Why can't we all just get along? Android and iPhone, hand in hand? The world would be a much better place.

  1. testudo

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    Re: @dilup

    > Android is only for nerds

    And Apple is for.... Same group of nerds i'M afraid.


    Not the same group at all! The iPhone and Apple have their own set of nerds.

    And the only reason anyone says android is for nerds is because they (a) want to pretend it isn't competition, and (b) it's based on Linux, and Linux is only for nerds, thus android is only for nerds. (Never mind that the iPhone is based on Unix. That's completely different!)

  1. luckyday

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    @aristotles

    Patent #D603362.
    Filed November 20, 2008.

    Do your really believe what you're saying? It sounds ridiculous.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -1

    Re: Testudo


    > (Never mind that the iPhone is based on Unix. That's completely different!)

    It is?? I thought OSX and iPhone OS was based on Linux?? Who knew?

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