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Google Fends Off HTC's Patent Bullies

Rosa Trieu |
September 8, 2011 | 10:34 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


Google helps HTC in patent battle with Apple (credit androidspin)
Google helps HTC in patent battle with Apple (credit androidspin)
Google has stepped in to lend a hand for handset manufacturer HTC Corp.--Asia's second-biggest smartphone maker--allowing for the use of nine patents against Apple Inc. in infringement claims last week.

Apple had previously sued HTC for multiple patent-infringement alleging phones running Google's Android operating system copied much of the iPhone's technology. Given Apple's strong case, many phone manufacturers using Google's Android felt the pressure left to fend for themselves. But with Google's intervention, HTC has turned around and sued Apple Tuesday.

From Bloomberg:

“HTC will continue to protect its patented inventions against infringement from Apple until such infringement stops,” HTC General Counsel Grace Lei said yesterday. “We believe that we have an obligation to protect our business, our industry partners and our customers, who love using our products.”

HTC and Apple are among many smartphone makers butting heads to fight off copycats and competitors. And Google's recent purchases of patents are already coming in handy. Four of the patents are from Motorola Inc., three from Openwave Systems Inc. and two from the late Palm Inc. reports Bloomberg

From PC Magazine:

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has claimed that Apple is "suing instead of innovating," while an Apple spokesperson said of HTC's legal assist from Google Tuesday that "competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Google has not been sued directly by Apple, but has received criticism for sitting on the sidelines as its Android partners faced lawsuits.


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