Google publicly supports HTC in battle with Apple over patent disputes
HTC and Apple have been going head-to-head over various patent disputes for years. HTC has been bulking up its patent portfolio over the past few months and now it look like HTC has Google in its corner to lend a helping hand and make sure that HTC is not banned from selling Android powered devices in the United States.
The United States International Trade Commission is currently reviewing the Apple versus HTC case and its six-member panel is scheduled to announce its decision on December 6. HTC has a pretty strong defense set up, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have Google throw some of its weight around.
In a letter to the ITC, Google explains that HTC’s Android phones should not be banned from the U.S. market even if they are found to infringe on Apple patents. An HTC ban would hurt consumers by reducing the number hardware and software options to choose from.[quote]Apple is the largest seller of mobile computing devices in the U.S. Allowing this supplier to eliminate the competition from a fast-moving maverick competitor (HTC) could drive up prices, diminish service, decrease consumers’ access to the technology and reduce innovation.[/quote]
Google also claims that HTC’s Android phones “are helping prevent Apple’s iOS from becoming the sole viable mobile platform.” The six-member ITC panel is scheduled to deliver their verdict on the case on December 6. If the ITC does decide to ban sales of HTC phones, the President (Barack Obama) is the only one able to overturn the decision, but if he believes that the band could cause public safety concerns.
We have a feeling that the ITC will side with HTC, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not a bit nervous. Do you think HTC will come out on top or will Apple succeed in banning HTC from selling Android phones in the U.S. market?