Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More lawsuit silliness: HTC files countersuit against Apple

As they say, the only winners are the lawyers . . .

HTC Corporation, the Taiwan-based manufacturer of cell phones, announced this morning that they have taken legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission, asking for a halt to the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. (Good luck with that.)
HTC, of course, is reacting to the Apple's own lawsuit filed against it that claims that HTC had infringed on some 20 Apple patents involving the iPhone's user interface, and underlying architecture and hardware. "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,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in a corporate release. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

So, not surprisingly, HTC has countersued, though, interestingly, the press release no area where Apple has actually infringed on its own technology. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation in their press release.