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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Sidenote
by toast88 on Sun 14th Mar 2010 23:34 UTC
toast88
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2009-09-23

Just a funny sidenote:

Apple, as much as they pretend to hate Google, I bet that, again this year, MacPorts an Apple-owned project has applied to Google Summer of Code.

Like they did last year:

http://trac.macports.org/wiki/SummerOfCode

Irony!

Apple knows that they are going downhill now and they are fearing that they, again, will loose a market to the competition like what happened with Windows back in the 90ies. The dog got bitten, now it's starting to bark.

I don't think that Apple has any serious chances to win this battle, the competition is just too overwhelming. It's not just Google, but most of the big players on the cell phone market plus the whole open source and Linux community. Seriously, those are way too many companies and organizations to sue. And, if Apple was a bit more clear-sighted now, they knew that all their patent-claims are mere Troll-patents which are actually only really accepted as patents in the US with it's questionable patent system. As opposed to Apple, the patents claimed by Nokia cover really some kind of important cell phone technologies like GSM, UMTS and so on while Apple's stuff covers only things like "Unlocking a phone by wiping over the touch screen".

Beware Apple, it's a fight you will never be able to win! Better withdraw and allow some competition on the market.

Adrian

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