HTC to Apple: We can litigate and innovate, too!
The inevitable sequel to Apple suing HTC over a variety of smartphone-related patents arrived today when HTC countersued Apple over a handful of smartphone-related patents.
Sorry, I just can't work up much energy writing about patent ping-pong these days.
In this case, it's as difficult as ever to guess the validity of HTC's claims. Its news release cites five patents but provides no details about them. Copies of its filing (PDF) with the U.S. International Trade Commission specify patents governing power management and phone and address-book software; I couldn't tell you if Apple's devices infringe on them, but Engadget's intellectual-property-law guru Nilay Patel doesn't seem to think too much of HTC's case.
Either way, asking any government body to "halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States" does seem like it would be a tall order.
The clip reveals some interesting historical tidbits, including its work building some of Compaq's iPaq handheld organizers. (Anybody still using one of those?) But since more than half of it is devoted to HTC's work in Windows Mobile--the operating system Microsoft is punting in favor of the rewritten Windows Phone 7--it's not as convincing as it could be.
The video is also not as convincing as HTC's current hardware, such as its seriously impressive Droid Incredible Android phone.
Considering the high odds that these back-and-forth lawsuits will do nothing to promote the progress of smartphone design, I'd rather see these companies compete on technical grounds. But I guess their lawyers have bills to pay, too.
May 12, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
Categories: Gadgets , Mobile , Policy and politics
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