HTC wants to work with Apple on resolution for mobile patent issues

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Earlier this month, Apple brought a lawsuit against HTC, alleging that the Taiwanese manufacturer infringes on several mobile patents held by Apple. Later, a judge agreed with Apple and said that HTC infringes on two of the 10 patents that the iPhone maker holds. However, the Taiwanese-based smartphone maker said it will defend its technologies vigorously, or come to some sort of agreement with Apple.

Clearly, HTC has quite a bit to lose because of the judge’s ruling, but it is hoping to hash it out with Apple and come to some kind of settlement – whether that involves licensing agreements or otherwise is entirely up to Steve Jobs and company. Industry commentators are speculating that Apple won’t be inclined to work with HTC in this case, but representatives were unavailable for comment.

It seems that Apple has been bringing the legal heat against its Android competitors these days. There is an ongoing legal tussle between the iPhone maker and Samsung, maker of the Galaxy S series of smartphones and tablets. Apple accused Samsung of “slavishly copying” its designs and technology, and that the Galaxy S products lacked any real innovation or originality. The two have sued each other in several countries across the globe, and it seems like there is really no end in sight.

Google executive Eric Schmidt says that Apple is busy hurling lawsuits at manufacturers using the Android platform, rather than innovating. The comment doesn’t come without a hint of irony, given Android’s progress before and after the iPhone was announced, but it does seem true that a deluge of lawsuits has come flowing out of the Apple headquarters as of late.

What do you think? Should the iPhone maker sit with competitors who want to work on settlement agreements? Or should the Cupertino-based company stick to its guns and mow down anyone and everyone it feels is standing in its way? Let us know your thoughts.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Pierre-Louis/1411023225 Patrick Pierre-Louis

    Apple should go guns blazing. If these companies infringed patents, their devices shouldnt be on the market. Licensing or settlements aren’t fair because these devices shouldn’t had hit the market infringing these patents in the first place.
    I used to be an iOS user and since moved on to an HTC android device. As much as I’d hate to see HTC devices have to leave the market, it’s only fair.

    • Anonymous

      This is the game they always play. I’m not sure Apple will play nice with HTC, which could be rough since the judge already decided that HTC was infringing on two patents. The rules are the rules, I guess!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.levac James Levac

    You shouldn’t be able to patent something to such an extent that simply because your competitor’s product is black and has a curved back means that it infringes on your ‘property’.  Patents are for an expression of an idea, and clearly the iPhone is not confused with HTC or Samsung phones simply because they share some like physical characteristics.  The patent system is broken and needs to be seriously cut back.  Apple shouldn’t be able to expect that it can seize opportunity to capture popularity and not expect to have any competition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.levac James Levac

    You shouldn’t be able to patent something to such an extent that simply because your competitor’s product is black and has a curved back means that it infringes on your ‘property’.  Patents are for an expression of an idea, and clearly the iPhone is not confused with HTC or Samsung phones simply because they share some like physical characteristics.  The patent system is broken and needs to be seriously cut back.  Apple shouldn’t be able to expect that it can seize opportunity to capture popularity and not expect to have any competition.

    • http://twitter.com/petachon Peter Chon

      “Patents are for an expression of an idea.”

      Doesn’t that negate your argument? If I have a black box, and I patent the black box – doesn’t that mean that I alone can use that black box?

    • Gofuckyourself

      James,

      Apple, for better or worse, patents it’s intellectual property. These law suits aren’t solely about the physical materials and uncanny resemblance, they’re about the ideas. For instance, one of the more famous patent law suits between the two is the act of holding your phone to your head and having the screen automatically turn off; Apple patented the idea of that function happening in that process; naturally, HTC implied the same idea/process in it’s phones.

  • http://twitter.com/petachon Peter Chon

    lol,

    Of course companies will do whatever it feels necessary to destroy and annihilate competition. Is there even a discussion? 
    Why are people surprised that Apple is bringing lawsuits against Android makers?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jayq330 Jonathan Oquendo

    there are some people that are happy with apple & only apple products & then theres people that like to have choices. well the obvious is that apple doesnt give a choice so therefore dont like the fact that there are other choices than apple products & are taking our ability to choose anything but apple products. anyone that is approving apples actions is obviously an all for apple person & doesnt care that if it wasnt for android & competition theyd still be without mms, or even a front camera for video chatting. also all the progress that android phones are pushing out is forcing apple to put out feature that theyd take a couple of generations to put out. like wireless connecting to itunes might of been something planned for iphone 6 but since android has been going wireless everything they couldnt show that they were left behind in terms of keeping up with the ways of wireless & cloud based technology so they might of had to use that feature meant for iphone 6 into iphone 4. so just imagine what it would be like if apple were to have no competition which is what theyre going for. hell apple was trying to charge large corporations $50,000 just to connect threw the internet using there patented i.p. but someone came & introduced an open standard method of using internet for free. so if it wasnt for this man figuring out a different way to get on the internet without having to pay $50,000 starting price imagine what the average household would be paying? $500 a month? all i know is that apple knows they lost that opportunity but theyre trying to get to milk the internet right now by instead of nickel & diming you they dollar & $20 you for anything that you use threw there ios gadgets, as if the internet is more special when used threw there magical gadgets. just look at what theyre doing with facebook! you cant get on facebook threw the ipad. only threw the facebook app as if theyre trying to control the way you see facebook & basically taking facebooks look out of facebook’s hands & molding it into what apple wants. so now facebook is forced to make an html5 version not only to be able to use the browser version in the ipad but so that apple cant rob them of the 30% in app cut that apple gets. theyre screwing us you & even its own “loyal” cutomers. and its a shame that they cant see that apple is screwing them over as if theyre emotionally attached to apple.

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