Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jul 2011 20:47 UTC
Legal Tell 'm like it is, HTC. "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," said HTC general counsel Grace Lei in a statement, "HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights."
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Comment by Jennimc
by Jennimc on Wed 13th Jul 2011 00:04 UTC
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2011-06-22

Thom is right about one thing. In other parts of the world... the far east is the best example of this, the concept of copyright isn’t really taken seriously. If HTC solely made products for use in their home country, that would be one thing, but making copies of Apple products to sell in Apple’s principle markets is an entirely different matter and will inevitably force Apple to defend it’s intellectual property.

If Apple didn’t defend it’s copyright, it would lose the protection that it offers. HTC’s lawyers are acting out of desperation, because they know they will lose.

This is a big part of the problem with people who call for the demise of the patent system. Notice you don’t get innovations coming from China, South Korea, etc. You get copies. So few companies invent anything unique in these regions simply because it is easier and cheaper and faster to copy what someone else invents.

That’s precisely WHY we in the U.S. have a patent/trademark/copyright system, flawed as it is companies like Apple, Nortel, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, etc. can invest millions in R&D and know that, if they produce something unique, they get to keep control of it and profit from the effort.

That’s just not the case in most other parts of the world (especially Asian countries where copying is especially prevalent), and it’s why so few original products come from that region.

Edited 2011-07-13 00:07 UTC

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