Well, this is about as surprising as the tides rolling in: HTC has sued Apple for patent infringement. Earlier this year, Apple sued HTC, focussing on the Taiwanese phone maker’s Android devices. HTC has now responded with a patent suit of its own.
As usual, the complaint is filed with the US International Trade Commission, and HTC asks the ITC to ban US import of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. HTC lists five patents, such as “Method for Power Management of a Smart Phone”, “Telephone Dialer with Easy Access Memory”, and “Power Control Methods for a Portable Electronic Device”. Yeah, they sound just as vague and idiotic to me as most other patents these phone makers are throwing at each other. Engadget has more on the patents.
“As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation, in a press release, “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”
Whereas the US and the Soviet Union successfully managed to prevent mutual assured destruction during the Cold War, phone makers have been unable to do so. Patent lawsuits are flying back and forth left and right, and the ITC and American justice system have a lot of work to do to clean up this mess.
Let’s hope this stuff finally opens the eyes of American politicians to finally get their heads out of the sand and fix that damn patent system, and do something about the total and utter incompetence of the USPTO.
And then, I’ll have my flying unicorn.