Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Apple vs. HTC - The Patent War

It's official - Apple have taken HTC head-on and filed a lawsuit for patent infringement.


And I love what Apple CEO Steve Jobs said - "“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”

I've been seeing and hearing a lot about Apple actually wanting to hit out at Google for their Android Operating System through this suit. Android is awesome, has a lot to offer, and I find little or no similarities between the Android and iPhone operating systems. I find no reason why Apple would file a suit against HTC if it's Google they wanted to take on in the first place.

I just went through the 57 pages of lawsuit documents in detail. Take a look - http://bit.ly/clNSBv

The suit is directed at HTC’s “own inventions” like the Sense UI rather than Google's Android. If the patent violations were within Android, Apple’s legal board would have enough sense to fight Google instead of HTC. Conglomerates like Apple, Nokia, HTC, Google, etc don't file lawsuits just because they’re getting bored, or because they want a quick buck. They file suits to fight for their hard-work, and to keep their reputations intact.

Am I sounding too much of an “Apple Fanboy”? Thats because I am. Not because I love Apple. But because how one single, stand-alone phone from Apple has shaken the foundations of the smartphone market by grabbing a full quarter of the market share. Over 40 million iPhones sold worldwide. Like it or not, the iPhone revolutionized smartphones, and made Microsoft (and Google to an extent) come out of deep slumber. And having being the owner of an iPhone 3G and a HTC HD2, I can clearly see how hard HTC is trying to emulate Apple by using the iPhone as a yardstick instead of setting their own standards.