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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thinking of Suing Someone? You've Got Competition In The Mobile Space

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/1...is-infographic/

"Somehow this passed us by: Information is Beautiful has a wonderful visualization of the current state of telecommunications court cases. It's actually a little out of date now -- Apple is now countersuing Motorola -- but otherwise the data is mostly up-to-date. The full image is after the break."

This is well worth a few minutes of your time. Sebastian Anthony over at the DownloadSquad noticed a very interesting posting on the Information is Beautiful website. It presents a compilation of some information found in diagrams from the NY Times and the Guardian. The compilation shows mobile phone and other industry competitors and the lawsuits being waged between them. It's a fascinating compilation, and, in my mind, highlights just how crazy (or justified, depending on your point of view) some of these cases are. As you can see, the diagram also indicates the nature of the suit, whether or not it is in process, the relative size of the suit and, of course, who's suing who. Look carefully and you will see that Kodak is suing Sony Ericsson over the creation of electronic cameras that store images digitally. Elan is suing Apple of touch screen patents, and Nokia is suing Hitachi over LCD price fixing. It makes you wonder "what will actually happen when some of these case get resolved?".


Thursday, May 13, 2010

HTC Fires Back, Suing Apple for Patent Infringement

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.htc.com/www/press.aspx?i...29616&lang=1033

"HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. "As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones." "

There are no specifics in this press release about exactly which patents HTC is claiming Apple infringed upon, but HTC has been in the mobile phone game for a lot longer than Apple has, so they may very well have some solid ground to stand upon. I'm guessing here that HTC is a proxy for both Google and Microsoft fighting Apple, just as Apple was using HTC as a proxy to attack Google. In the end, only the lawyers will get rich off this one...


Thursday, March 18, 2010

"HTC DISAGREES WITH APPLE’s ACTIONS" Says Press Release

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.htc.com/ca/press/htc-dis...ples-actions/10

"HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple's legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people's lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators."

That has to be the most polite way to respond to a lawsuit I've ever read - who wrote this, a Canadian? Anyway, the press release outlines some of the interesting firsts that HTC has made in the market. I didn't realize they created the hardware for the first Windows PDA back in 1998. That would have been an HPC if memory serves - Palm-sized PCs weren't out yet, were they? I wonder which HPC HTC was an OEM for? Compaq? Philips? HP? NEC?


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Apple Suing HTC for Alleged 20 iPhone Patent Infringements

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/...iphone-patents/

"Looks like Apple's going on the warpath, kids. Just a few months after Cupertino got into it with Nokia over phone patents, Apple's filed suit against HTC, alleging that the company is infringing 20 patents "related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.""

Jobs is ticked off that the world isn't worshiping his iPad and in a fit of childish rage, he commanded his minions to sue HTC so he'd feel better about himself. ;-) Seriously though, "Conserving Power By Reducing Voltage Supplied To An Instruction-Processing Portion Of A Processor" - it's patentable to reduce voltage to a chip? That's common sense I'd think...that's what bugs me about patents; most are not about inventing anything, they're about a concept, like left-right-left of your feet being walking. I think this is going to blow up in Apple's face; it makes them look weak and foolish, like they can't figure out what to do with the iPhone next, so they'll sue HTC to slow them down and get them off track. Personally, I think Microsoft should partner up with HTC and even Google, all three should dig into their patent chest, and blast back at Apple. Might as well make this a real throw-down. I'm all for companies defending their innovations, but this doesn't seem like that's what Apple is doing.


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