Apple ‘Heavily Armed’ With Patents For HTC Lawsuit

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In Apple’s recently-filed lawsuit against HTC, patent filings will play a large role in how the legal proceedings play out. By that metric, the company is “heavily armed,” according to Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt, with 3,013 patents in its portfolio.

In contrast, HTC is bringing a knife to a gun fight with its 58 patents, and Google, which supplies the Android OS HTC uses in the phones that are the target of Apple’s lawsuit, own 316 patents. Of course, as Mr. Elmer-DeWitt pointed out, not all patents are equal, and not all of the 3000-plus patents owned by the three companies pertain to smartphones.

The columnist pulled the data from a Deutsche Bank report issued by Chris Whitmore on Sunday. He quoted Mr. Whitmore as writing: "The suit has a twofold benefit of applying pressure to additional handset manufacturers using or contemplating use of the Android OS (e.g. Samsung and Motorola). In addition, Apple’s suit could have the effect of slowing investment from developers currently working on or considering developing on the Android platform.

"While litigation appears to be an increasingly common cost of doing business, we view Apple’s willingness to aggressively defend its patent portfolio favorably and welcome the defense of its IP."

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Comments

Tiger

It could also prompt Google to redesign Android and use their own technology, not somebody else’s.

mrmwebmax

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Hmnn…think Apple will go after this smartphone, too?

http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/beyond-e-tech-duet/4505-6454_7-33980313.html?tag=smallCarouselArea.1

They didn’t even try to look different!

denevans

In all this IP lawsuit business many have been quick to criticise Apple.  What about Eric Schmidt?  He was on Apple’s Board discussing Apple’s strategic plans while simultaneously planning Android phones!  I would have that that kind of behaviour was illegal!  In hindsight Steve should have given him the boot much earlier.  But presumably Schmidt reassured Steve: “Oh no.  Google has no plans for a smart phone - or any other computer hardware..”  I’m sorry but I’m with Steve on this Google does no evil thing.  Schmidt is duplicitous.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

If Schmidt is duplicitous (quite possible), then Steve is an idiot (also likely). Everyone knew that Google purchased Android, Inc. They knew the employees that came over and their backgrounds. They knew about the Open Handset Alliance. There was as much speculation in December, 2006 about a Google phone as there was about an iPhone.

The real cost of this for Apple is not in terms of dollars, and the real comparison is not in terms of patents. It’s reputation. Apple could “win” this at very low obvious cost, and “lose” to the point of getting drubbed out of the phone market. I know of a few families that have a Google employee and an Apple employee. How do you think Thanksgiving dinner works in the Valley if those companies are engaged in covert war, let alone open bloodshed?

So yeah, this will be interesting. Apple may find out the meaning of the phrase “dead right”.

cb50dc

Schmidt is duplicitous.

I am shocked ? SHOCKED, I say!

grin

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