Posts Tagged ‘HTC vs Apple’
Back in US courts, HTC files a new lawsuit against Apple, seeking to ban iPhones and iPads for infringing its patents. We thought things couldn’t get any worse, but it seems that this is just the beginning.
HTC has filed its new complaint with ITC (International Trade Commission) in the US. Not only is it seeking to ban Apple devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and the Mac, it is also asking to be compensated for apple allegedly infringing its patents.
According to Grace Lei, general counsel of HTC, “Apple needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its products.”
“We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC products.”
After the ITC ruled that HTC was infringing Apple’s patents, which were said to be core functions of the Android OS, the Taiwanese phone giant is doing its best to overturn the ruling.
Aside from the new lawsuit, the Taiwanese phone manufacturer has filed an “invalidation action” against the house of Jobs. HTC claims that Apple doesn’t officially own the patents in question.
If you think that these legal debacles have escalated to the point of no return, think again. Google has recently armed itself with an enormous patent portfolio with the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. This is in preparation for the impending patent onslaught it faces against Apple and Microsoft.
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.