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According to Bloomberg, HTC is taking its legal battle against Apple to the UK. This comes after a US court ruling that finds HTC guilty of patent infringement. Sadly, these are the only details that could be gathered. Other details such as the lawsuit’s nature cannot be determined as of yet.
If the ruling of the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) is not overturned by the Taiwanese phone giant, this could result in the total ban of HTC smartphone sales in the US. Since it is believed that the two patents are core features of the Android OS, Apple is most likely to go after other of its Android rivals such as Sony Ericsson, LG, and, again, Samsung.
According to Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, Apple’s real reason behind its legal actions is due to jealousy, not protection over its intellectual property.
Earlier, Samsung agreed not to release the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under, not until they have resolved their legal differences.
HTC was asked for a comment regarding its legal battles against Apple in the UK. The Taiwanese phone giant said, “We don’t comment on pending litigation. As a leading smart-phone innovator, we respect the intellectual property of others and will defend our own intellectual property as needed.”
Is Apple suing its competitors to protect its intellectual property, or is it just afraid of the overwhelming success of its competitors? Give us your thoughts.
If you are an Android enthusiast, you must be worried about HTC’s latest legal run-in with the Cupertino-based Apple. After all, Apple is trying to ban the sales of the Taiwan-based phone giant’s products, due to patent infringement charges. However, HTC says that there’s nothing to worry about. It is confident that it can put a stop to Apple’s legal bullying.
There are a lot who believe that Apple is suing its competitors left and right, due to its fear of losing to the competition. Why? Let’s take a look at Apple’s two major rivals HTC and Samsung. Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S2, alone sold over 5 million units globally, without launching in the US and without spending as much as Apple did in marketing and advertising. HTC continues grow with 2011 second quarter net earnings of $17.5 billion. This was more than double compared to its earnings on the second quarter of 2010.
In an interview, Peter Chou, HTC CEO, said, “Many lawsuits nowadays are results of being successful; it’s part of the business. We will not bring the company to a dangerous position.”
Due to the lawsuit, HTC suffered a drop in share value. It is currently paying Microsoft a licensing fee. Paying royalties to Apple will have dramatic effects on the Taiwanese company’s overall performance.
Honestly, Apple should just focus on creating innovative devices rather pouring all of its efforts on legal battles. If Apple were to be the only choice around, the mobile world would definitely be a boring place.
The search giant finally steps in. Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, said that Apple was just suing the Taiwanese phone manufacturer due to its jealousy over HTC’s success. The search giant will be giving HTC is full support when it comes to the legal battle it faces against the Cupertino firm.
In Tokyo, Schmidt said that the only reason Apple was waging legal battles against Android’s biggest supporters, HTC and Samsung, was due to the success of the platform and its partners.
The chairman said, “The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding. They are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits.”
Last Friday, a US judge found HTC guilty of infringing two Apple patents. If HTC is unable to overturn the ruling, disaster will strike not only the Taiwan-based manufacturer but the rest of Android’s partners as well, since these patents affect two core functions of the Android’s OS.
In Samsung’s Apple is pushing for a total ban of the Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the US.
When the chairman was asked if Google was planning on giving HTC financial aid, the chairman said, “We will make sure they don’t lose, then.” Although inconclusive, this suggests that Google will do everything it takes for HTC to win over Apple. After all, HTC did play a huge role in Android’s big push forward.
Does Google have what it takes to get HTC out of harm’s way from Apple? We’re dying to find out what the search giant Google has up its sleeve.