The patent ownership war rages on.
Apple suing various Android partner firms is no surprise to anyone; given their previous cases against Samsung and HTC in the previous months. However, Apple is filing cases for patent infringements in the Android software, rather than hardware design, which is why many within the industry have criticized Google’s lack of support for partner firms in these legal cases.
Now, though, the tide maybe turning as Google recently gave HTC nine of their recently acquired patents (four of them from Motorola Mobility). Armed with these patents, HTC filed a lawsuit against Apple yesterday, for infringing on their patents.
“Google knows that HTC is under tremendous legal pressure from Apple and clearly on the losing track,” Florian Mueller, a Munich-based consultant and intellectual property activist told Bloomberg. “This intervention on Google’s part increases the likelihood of direct litigation by Apple against Google.”
According to market research firm IHS Inc. the global smartphone industry is estimated to be $206.6 billion by the end of this year, as such it isn’t surprising to see these giant phone companies trying to dominate the competiton with even the slightest chance.
“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.”