HTC to 'fully defend' itself against Apple patent suit

Mar 18, 2010
The mobile phone "Desire" by HTC. Taiwan cellphone maker HTC, accused by Apple of infringing on iPhone patents, said Thursday it will "fully defend" itself against the charges.

Taiwan cellphone maker HTC, accused by Apple of infringing on iPhone patents, said Thursday it will "fully defend" itself against the charges.

"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself," HTC chief executive Peter Chou said in a statement.

"HTC strongly advocates protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done," Chou said.

The HTC CEO did not directly address the charges from Apple, which filed suit against HTC, maker of the Nexus One smartphone from Google, on March 2 accusing the Taiwan company of infringing on 20 iPhone patents.

Chou said that HTC "will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible.

"From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone," he said.

Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America, said "HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative approach to business.

"This has led to long-standing strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the top US, European and Asian mobile operators," Mackenzie said.

Apple accused HTC of infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the "user interface, underlying architecture and hardware" of the , the popular touchscreen device introduced in 2007 by the company behind the iPod and the .

Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, filed the lawsuit in a US District Court in the state of Delaware and with the US International Trade Commission.

In the suit, Apple, which has sold more than 40 million iPhones worldwide, is asking for unspecified damages and an injunction to prevent HTC from making or selling products using the patents in dispute.

HTC, which stands for High Tech Computer Corp., is Taiwan's leading smartphone maker.

The company makes handsets for a number of leading US companies and is the manufacturer of the Nexus One unveiled by Apple rival Google in January.

Apple did not specifically name Google in the lawsuit but many of the HTC smartphones cited in its filing are powered by Google's open-source Android operating system.

, in a recent statement, threw its backing behind .

"We are not a party to this lawsuit," the Mountain View, California, company said. "However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it."

Patent lawsuits are a fairly regular occurrence among technology giants and Apple is currently being sued by Nokia for patent infringement. Apple has fired back a countersuit against the Finnish mobile phone giant.

Canada's Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry, has also had its share of patent woes and was accused of patent infringement by US mobile phone maker Motorola in a suit filed in January.

Eastman Kodak Co. filed lawsuits against and RIM that same month alleging they infringed Kodak digital imaging technology.

Explore further: IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google backs HTC in Apple patent suit

Mar 03, 2010

Google on Wednesday threw its backing behind HTC, maker of the Internet giant's Nexus One smartphone, after Apple accused the Taiwan company of infringing on iPhone patents.

Taiwan's HTC denies infringing iPhone patents

Mar 03, 2010

Taiwan's leading smartphone maker High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) on Wednesday denied infringing iPhone patents held by Apple after the US technology giant filed a lawsuit in the United States.

Google denied Nexus phone trademark: report

Mar 18, 2010

Google has been denied a trademark application for its Nexus One smartphone after the US Patent and Trademark Office said the name had been taken by a related product, a report said.

Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

Jun 08, 2006

(AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. has filed a second countersuit against SIngapore-based Creative Technology Ltd., intensifying its legal battle against the smaller media player rival that sued the iPod maker for ...

Recommended for you

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

9 hours ago

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market

16 hours ago

Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica and US investment giant Blackstone launched a mobile telephone advertising venture on Wednesday, challenging internet giants such as Google and Facebook in a multi-billion-dollar ...

Technip, Heerema win third giant Angolan oil contract

19 hours ago

The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days on Wednesday when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

A way of making hundreds—or even thousands—of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset

(Phys.org) —Microsoft's future strategy: is all about leveraging data, from different sources, coming together using one cohesive Microsoft architecture. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, both in ...

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...

Patent talk: Google sharpens contact lens vision

(Phys.org) —A report from Patent Bolt brings us one step closer to what Google may have in mind in developing smart contact lenses. According to the discussion Google is interested in the concept of contact ...

Quantenna promises 10-gigabit Wi-Fi by next year

(Phys.org) —Quantenna Communications has announced that it has plans for releasing a chipset that will be capable of delivering 10Gbps WiFi to/from routers, bridges and computers by sometime next year. ...