Analysts have said that Apple’s lawsuit against HTC is actually an attack on Android and therefore Google. HTC has recently signed an agreement with Microsoft related to HTC’s Android-based handsets, which led analysts to speculate that Microsoft was giving covert support to HTC in its battle with Apple.
Apple and HTC’s conflict is just one of many, though. There is an ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Nokia concerning patents, and Motorola has also filed a claim with the ITC against RIM, the maker of BlackBerry.
Though all companies have a right to their intellectual property, it appears that patent lawsuits are often used to stifle competition.
Via PC World, image via BBC News.
It seems like Nokia is always suing Apple these days. First there was that lawsuit concerning alleged patent infringement in the iPhone (which still is not resolved, by the way) and now there is this latest lawsuit.
Specifically, Nokia has now said that Apple’s iPad 3G contains five patent infringements. The infringements “involve technology used to enhance speech and data transmission and antenna innovations for compact devices.”
The Apple-Nokia dispute could continue for years—Apple countersued Nokia for patent violations as well. And the first lawsuit probably will not be resolved for a while, so who knows how long it will take for them to resolve this one.
A Nokia employee said that the company has taken this step to ensure that its technology does not continue to be used unlawfully.
Via AfterDawn, image via Nokia.
Remember that lawsuit Apple filed against HTC? Luckily for HTC, it does not seem to have harmed the company’s sales. HTC did better in the first quarter than expected and has predicted a record-breaking second quarter.
The patent lawsuit filed by Apple alleges that HTC is infringing on 20 Apple patents relating to the iPhone. After the lawsuit was filed, there were fears that customers would turn to other phone vendors because of a potential import ban on HTC’s phones.
HTC has defended itself by demonstrating its own work in the smartphone industry, as well as its own patents. Some analysts speculated that the lawsuit was an attempt by Apple to slow down the sales of Android cell phones. If this is true, Apple appears to have failed because HTC noted that its Android phones have sold particularly well during the first quarter.
HTC, the company that Apple is suing over twenty alleged patent infringements, has said in a press release that it does not agree with Apple’s move to file the lawsuit and intends to defend itself.
HTC does not only say that it is innovative—it has a timeline that demonstrates this claim. Here’s a quick list of the company’s firsts regarding smartphones and PDAs:
- First Windows PDA (1998)
- First Windows Phone (June 2002)
- First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
- First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
- First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
- First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)
Some of these occurred long before the iPhone was even out. Unfortunately for HTC, lawsuits can drag out for a long time, which could cause the company financial strain (Apple is so powerful that it probably would not be affected at all). I’m no lawyer, but Apple may be quite off the mark with its lawsuit against this company.
Via ZDNet, image via ZDNet.