Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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It's not about ownership
by danieldk on Sun 14th Mar 2010 18:25 UTC
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Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself,

The user interface code *is* owned by Google. They own the copyrights, and they distribute it. As such, Apple could easily sue Google. But where does it get them? Google does not directly profit from Android, they only do from advertisements, and their app store.

Suing HTC is far more effective. First of all, because Apple wants to receive patent tax for every Android phone sold. Since HTC sells phones, it is the right place to get it. Second, this sends a message to other phone set makers: license or IP, or the same thing will happen to you.

While the Cocoa Touch-based interface is innovative, it is a shame things like multi-finger gestures should be locked behind patents for 15 years. They will soon become so commonplace, that a whole lot of people will have to pay up. The negative impact on society is really bad, up to the point where you can not write a piece of code without violating a bunch of patents. The term for software patents should be shortened enormously (say, to three years, enough to give competitive advantage), or software patents should die immediately.

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