posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 23:21 UTC
IconFinally - after a few weeks, HTC has actually officially issued a statement regarding the patent infringement lawsuit Apple has thrown towards the Taiwanese phone maker. As you probably already anticipated, HTC states it will fully defend itself against Apple. It's on, it's on.

The press release opens with the usual uninteresting stuff, but soon we hit a quote from HTC's CEO, and that's where the interesting stuff starts.

"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible," said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation, "From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then."

The press release further mentions some industry firsts that HTC has delivered over the years - according to HTC, of course:

  • First Windows PDA (1998)
  • First Windows Phone (June 2002)
  • First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
  • First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
  • First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
  • First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)

So, it seems that HTC will indeed not just sit idly by. HTC was founded in 1997, and surely has an impressive set of patents of its own. With Google at its side, I'm sure the Taiwanese company will prove a formidable foe for Apple.

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