Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Apple goes after HTC with Patent Lawsuit

So it’s not about the superior iPhone features that a handset vendor needs to worry about. Apples is unleashing a new weapon, Patent Lawsuit . The first one to dodge the bullet is HTC. Today, apple filed Patent Infringement for not one but 20. Yes, your read it right, HTC is in violation of 20 Apple Patents related to iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. Too me it looks like HTC was made a scapegoat and the bigger fish in this whole fiasco is Google. Apple is indirectly targeting Google’s Android without naming them in the lawsuit. Some of the patents refer to OS and Object Oriented Design, which clearly has something to do with Google’s Android than HTC.
The patent Troll is getting murkier, earlier it was patent lawsuit between Apple and Nokia and now it’s HTC. I guess companies use Patent lawsuit to arm-twist competitors, and in this case it could be more than that. It may take couple of years before anything can come out of this lawsuit. Maybe in the meanwhile HTC and Google will find alternative solution for some of the Patents Apple has.

For folks interested in more details. Please find below the complaint embedded( Thanks to docstoc)

Apple vs HTC -

Engadget has an excellent summary of each patent

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1 comment:

Internet Phone Service said...

I can’t believe some of these things listed as patents (via Engadget). Who grants them? “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image”. Well that’s a piece of big genius innovation.