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  • Google Defends HTC Against Apple's Latest Lawsuit

    If you haven't already heard the latest of Apple's Legal Wars, Apple has recently filed a patent suit against HTC, the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend. The suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, it's User Interface, Architecture and Hardware.

    While there has been discussion about the fact that if the court were to side with Apple could demand that HTC kill the phone, or at least some of its functionality, and apparently they easily could do this. Although, this is very unlikely.

    “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it … We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours” Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
    Word on the Street is that Google is now stepping up to the plate and supporting HTC in the lawsuit. Google reached out to TechCrunch to have their say in on the issue: "We are not a party to this lawsuit," a spokesperson said. "However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it." While it really comes as no surprise, seeing as their OS runs on these phones, it may mean that Apple won't have such an easy battle as they were hoping for.

    EDIT: And Google WOULD want to support HTC. If Jobs and the fruity crew are going after the HTC UI and OS at all - they're also laying groundwork to do the same for Google's Nexus One, which is ALSO made by HTC and runs the Andriod OS.

    Official Apple Page About Suing HTC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Defends HTC Against Apple's Latest Lawsuit started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. vtaran's Avatar
      vtaran -
      i like how a lot of you make the same stupid comment "apple should just stop suing **** the patened"... am i the only one who sees the ******** in this? say you do invent something and patent it.. then someone steals the idea or technology and uses it themselves thus making you less and less money.. im guessing you wouldnt be pissed whatsoever..im not saying that apple "invented" any of its patented technology but the fact that they actually managed to patent it should count for some something..
    1. ryanofdiamonds's Avatar
      ryanofdiamonds -
      my jaw was literally on the floor the whole time i read the comments to this article. do you guys really not know the purpose of a patent or what theyre were put in place for?
      this argument goes both ways though...
      - i can see how some of the things called out by Apple as patent infringement are valid, therefore Apple has a right to file a lawsuit because another company is USING APPLE'S PRODUCT AGAINST APPLE'S PRODUCT. How is that fair?
      - BUT Apple should not have the right to patent every damn thing they put on their phone (i.e. "oh look we made it where you can scroll pages by swiping your thumb to the left, PATENT!"), and their patents should be adjusted properly.

      On another note, I hate HTC and whoever would buy one is retarded.
    1. imnicuhtine@aol.com's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by speedtime View Post
      I fully agree! If you guys are so so supportive to Apple, I guess you would love to have ONLY ONE brand of car "Ford", only One brand of computer, only one brand of everything in this world! I'm sure you guys would very love to paid high price for the only brand! Oh...we should only have one brand of coffee...so this mean that NO Starbuck too...
      Apple is trying as hard as they can to be a monopoly. Every time I hear things like this or how many apps they turn away or even the fact that they turn away apps even if the word "android" is somewhere in the code (doesn't even have to be visible to users), it makes me want to throw my iPhone out the window and go buy an android phone. You never hear Google starting lawsuits against people for doing what they do (yahoo, ask etc.).
    1. richtoyz's Avatar
      richtoyz -
      do you know how much money is out there if Steve and company wins this law suit, imagine collecting a dollar for every phone your competitors make. they are just learning their lessons from nokia who make a piss load of money from every maker of gsm phones around the world
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      And your point? I'm sure if Android or i should say Google was doing this all of the lil android/google fanboys wouldn't be complaining. Anyone can say anything and post whatever video from 20yrs ago it doesn't matter. A patent is a patent. Once it's yours it's yours. That's it. Moving on...
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      big lol at "jobs and his fruity crew"
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I'm not sure food is a good comparison to a kind of touch-based technology that drives a competitive entertainment market. Patenting a "hamburger" is like patenting a "multimedia device" as a whole. This is a very specific type of technology that took years and lots of money to develop. Burger King WOULD be sued if they started selling the Big Mac, but not hamburgers as a whole. Make sense?
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by edb372 View Post
      It doesn't matter what Google does or say's any phone that comes out that does anything with touchscreen that the iphone does its theft.
      Quote Originally Posted by hacker555 View Post
      think about it, apple had the first touch screen phone
      This is what apple fanboys actually believe
    1. thebearisradd's Avatar
      thebearisradd -
      I find it funny that HTC had Touch Screen Phones even before the iPhone came out. But yet, the iPhone did it first.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      This is what apple fanboys actually believe
      No, that's what STUPID apple fanboys actually believe.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      This is what apple fanboys actually believe
      Way to choose the two posts from ppl who don't know what they're talking about...it's already been pointed out that some ppl don't understand what's going on with the patents...touch screen included.

      I guess if I had wanted to use the words "apple fanboy" and take a swing at them I'd have hurried and posted a reply like that as well...

      EDIT: Why is it so wrong that a company like HTC or Google actually make their own software and functionality?? Seriously, who is it hurting? I didn't know innovation was such a bad thing...especially with a company like Google, they have the means to create something of their own and make it be really cool.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      No, that's what STUPID apple fanboys actually believe.
      the rest of them are just quiet about it.
    1. Tenspeed123's Avatar
      Tenspeed123 -
      If Apple spent less time suing other companies and more time on inventions, then we might be waiting on a 5th/6th gen iphone right now...
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Don't you see what Jobs is REALLY doing? He feels threatened because more and more people are transfering over to android (I'm one. I almost got an iphone, then Jobs started pulling these things and bam that's it for me. I love my nexus one. It's a great device you all should look into that or the HTC desire. Both are great devices) I KNOW that when the windows 7 phone comes out he might even pull the same thing on microsoft or whoever produces the phone, because the iphone is getting old, and apple refuses to accept innovation. "No you can't have a physical keyboard, because that's one more product they have to support." That's my understanding of how he thinks.

      I give it a 50/50 chance of the iphone delivering. Otherwise, I highly reccomend you get off the iphone train, and getting an itouch for games and fun apps, and using a newer android phone for your phone. (I'd say the nexus one, but by then my poor N1 will be all washed up. Great phone though. Multitouch is bleh, but it's not that important)
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tenspeed123 View Post
      If Apple spent less time suing other companies and more time on inventions, then we might be waiting on a 5th/6th gen iphone right now...
      This was actually something that MSNBC/PCWorld had up about Apple/HTC suit. They listed 7 questions about the suit. This comment goes towards this one.

      7. What does this mean for Apple? I tend to associate software-related lawsuits with companies whose hubris has exceeded their product-development chops. (Lotus, a once-great firm, devoted much effort in the late 1980s and early 1990s to suing other spreadsheet developers — if it had focused on writing software rather than filing lawsuits, we might all be using 1-2-3 to this day.) Apple remains the most inventive single producer of personal-tech products on the planet, but this just doesn't feel like a great sign.
      Source: 7 questions about Apple's suit against HTC - Wireless- msnbc.com
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      some of the stuff hat apple is claiming they stole is total bs...
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      LOL Apple is suing all the big guns. Nokia, HTC, who's next? Palm? They're gonna get fuuuuuuuuuuckedddd!
    1. xodustrance's Avatar
      xodustrance -
      wow.... a lot of full retard going on in this thread..

      He says himself, he steals great ideas, and is shameless about it.

      At first, steve jobs was like Steve Jobs, 1996: "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal" - Steve Jobs - Gizmodo

      but now he is pissing his pants because competitors put out better products. This is truly priceless. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when idiots like him squirm.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xodustrance View Post
      wow.... a lot of full retard going on in this thread..
      Yeah like people who can't spell or put a sentence together...
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Google + HTC + Nokia + Amazon + Adobe vs Apple...
      If the 4 company is wise and team up to create technology and services to fight against Apple, wonder if Apple would survive?
      I really would like to see this fight, because consumer would only benefit from this fight.