Yesterday HTC responded in their first official press release in response to Apple lawsuit against them for allegedly infringing on 20 iPhone patents. In their press release, they listed many of their past innovations, showing that HTC has a long history developing smart phones. HTC also expressed that they disagree "with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself."
Unfortunately, I haven't seen anything inside the press release that addresses Apple's claims directly. We will have to wait a bit longer for anything of greater legal substance I guess.
Taylor Wimberly over at AndroidandMe had this to say for possible actions of recourse and what the future might bring: "it is possible HTC could countersue Apple for infringing on some of their smartphone patents. We might not know who wins this dispute for several years if it goes to court, so hopefully they come to some settlement and we can move forward."
Take a look at some of the press release below or read it all in the link above:
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.
“HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA[i] and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition[ii], our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.”
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