Apple HTC lawsuit: If I can't get my Nexus One...

Apple HTC lawsuit: If I can't get my Nexus One...

Summary: Last week we heard that the Google Nexus One is most likely coming to Verizon in March based on the FCC's approval of a CDMA version of the phone. It might even be offered cheaply at Walmart!

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Last week we heard that the Google Nexus One is most likely coming to Verizon in March based on the FCC's approval of a CDMA version of the phone. It might even be offered cheaply at Walmart! What could be better, right? Given that I live in the sticks and only have reasonable reception on Verizon, this makes me a pretty happy guy, especially since my trusty Blackberry is getting mighty long in the tooth.

And then Apple has to go and sue HTC for patent infringement in such phones as the Dream, Magic, Droid Eris, Google G1, and, of course, the Nexus One. Larry Dignan wonders if Motorola is next on Apple's list-o'-companies-to-sue over their Droid. All I really want though is a great Android-based smartphone on a network that can actually get a bar or two of 3G to my house (that would be Verizon).

Apple obviously has the right to defend its patents. Whatever. This particular lawsuit, however (along with those that will most likely follow), has the potential to really crush competition in a market that has long been dominated by Apple and RIM (but, let's face it: outside of the enterprise market, it's been utterly owned by Apple since they introduced the iPhone). Android phones represented the first real challenge to the iPhone whose only handicap was its exclusivity (at least in the States) with AT&T.

I'm actually typing this on my MacBook, but I'm no Apple fan. There's a lot of innovation happening at Cupertino, but for me, Android represents a very compelling platform because of its potential for development in the open source community. If Apple's lawsuit keeps me from getting that Nexus One (or largely eliminates Android phones from the marketplace for that matter), Apple will officially move from my pretty-but-overpriced list to my naughty list. Seriously, only coal in their collective stocking this year.

Be sure to check out Larry Dignan's article on the suit for a complete list of alleged patent infringements and other technical details. For now, I better snag that Nexus One as soon as it can be had with a Verizon contract; I'd like to get one while I still can.

Topics: Apple, Android, Smartphones, Mobility, Mobile OS, Legal, iPhone, HTC, Google, Verizon

Christopher Dawson

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  • But Apple is cute and cuddly and HTC is mean and ugly!!

    Apple is simply trying to get rid of all
    competition the only way they know how:
    litigation over innovation!

    1. Psystar
    2. HTC
    3. Linux
    4. Google
    5. Microsoft

    Once all of these companies have been sued out
    of existence thanks to Apple's $50 billion
    legal fund, the world will be a much better
    place. No more silly things like having to
    choose an OS, Apple will decide what we need
    and at what price and they'll simply garnishee
    our wages. Apple knows best!
    NonZealot
    • Master Joe Says...Unbridaled Praise

      I, for one, embrace our new Apple overlords. Steve Jobs, after all, is Jesus Christ re-incarnated into a...modest appearance. Let's face it, things like security raids, where Apple forces its own employees to turn over their personal cell phones, and then combs over ever text, e-mail, picture, video, and document stored on them, as well as forces them to sit at their desks, not talking, with the screen saver on, doing nothing, while they perform these searches, is only for their own good. If it weren't for these things, Apple employees might be thinking for themselves. We can't have that. For this reason, we need Apple, just like we need Socialism. I don't want to make my own decisions. Tell me what to do, when to do it, hwo to do it, how much of it to do, what to buy, where to shop, how much I will make, where I will live, what size family I can have, what kind of appliances I can own (green, of course), and run my life for me, so I don't have to. Just promise me "free" health care, and a computer with a giant glowing fruit on the side, and you have my vote. Sarcasm: Just one of the many services I offer.

      --Master Joe
      SteelCityPC
    • Oh what load of crap

      Has MSFT sued a company out of existance due to IP? No. And it is unlikely to happen here.

      We all know the song and dance by now. Company A brings suit against Company B. Company B looks to see if they have IP that they can counter sue Company A. Either way at the end a settlement is reached on licensing the technology, and both companies continue on their happy way.

      Just another day in the neighbor-wood.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • the problem

        is that HTC doesnt have many patents, so its going to be hard for them to counter-sue at all.
        Jimster480
    • And Microsoft has not sued anyone

      over IP infringement? Or over anything? Personally I do suspect the timing of this lawsuit against HTC especially when in legal battles with Kodak and Nokia but if Apple feels that HTC is violating an IP, then so be it. So where was your outcry over suits that Kodak and Nokia brought to Apple (and RIM in Kodak's case)?

      As you say, Cue the double standards!
      athynz
      • LOL... Cue the double stock price!!! :)

        If all the doom-tards are right... My Apple
        stock price will soar into the billions!!! WOO
        HOO!!!

        All anyone has to do is look at the iPhone when
        it launched (2007) and what all the rest of the
        "not so smart" phones had and offered and
        compare that to today...

        Cue the photocopy standards....

        LOL

        :)
        i8thecat
  • RE: Apple HTC lawsuit: If I can't get my Nexus One...

    #rant

    On close inspection most of these "patents" appear to be software patents couched in language intended to obfuscate this fact. Regardless of how broken the US patent system is, nobody has a genuine right to a "software patent" anymore than someone can patent ideas in a story, a cake recipe, a song, or a mathematical algorithm. Copyright perhaps, but patents? No. Apple should compete, not litigate. It's just pathetic and everybody loses.

    Furthermore, before Steven Jobs criticizes Adobe's terrible and buggy software he should look in his own back yard at that dirty little program called iTunes, which a ton of Windows users have found extremely difficult to either install, remove or get to work with their Apple products once its installed. Eat your own dogfood Mr Jobs, but I digress...

    Perhaps Nexus One and other Android devices will thrive everywhere but the US. That's fine with me. Perhaps Apple will never make iTunes for Linux either, that's fine with me also. I like my Amarok with Magnatune and look forward to the Ubuntu One music store and Google's rumored music store.

    Oh and that's another thing. Who is Steven Jobs to complain about Google making products that compete on Apple's turf? Google has a right to make whatever products it wants and to compete in whatever markets it wants just as Apple does. But, I digress again...

    Apple can take their miserable litigious patent happy mafia behavior and take a running jump. I for one have no need for their closed lock-in products.

    #end rant
    ITsupportGuy
    • right

      you mean google and htc have the right to steal? to steal the intellectual
      property of others?

      it is competition when you develop your own goods, when you just
      piggyback on the works of others it is fraud.
      bannedfromzdnetagain
      • Great artists steal

        Perhaps you missed Mr. Job's own words (which he incidentally stole
        from Picasso) in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
        v=CW0DUg63lqU.

        IDEAS are free.
        Olderdan
      • steal

        Yeah, slide to answer, that should have a patent..
        mca123
    • If you can't get iTunes to work

      on Windows, then you shouldn't be anywhere near a computer.

      I have had zero issues with iTunes. Just install it and go. No configuration required.

      I don't know what you have been smoking, but you may want to stop, it is starting to be a determent to your intelligence.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
      • iTunes

        3 computers in the house with iTunes: one computer
        had problems for a long time, months, until a
        release of an upgrade to iTunes fixed the
        problems. Audio card would stop working, iPod
        connection problems, discussion groups with all
        sorts of attempts at work-arounds.

        The other 2 (AFTER the new release) were no
        problem.
        Jevans47
        • Counter with PC with fresh install

          I have a friend with a PC , freshly formatted, Win XP install.

          Sound card was working.

          Installed skype, Logitech drivers, not much else.

          Sound card now non-existant.

          With Windows you get failure - so what's new!!
          richardw66
      • Actually....

        I never used iTunes personally but I have uninstalled it from 5 XP machines and each time it removed the DVD drive. Had to go into the registry and hack it back into existance. No other software has ever done that and its a pretty easy registry fix that Apple could include in their uninstall program if their crappy app wants to change things around in the first place.
        OhTheHumanity
        • actually....

          I've installed iTunes on literally hundreds of
          PCs (for work and friends and family)Most of them
          Dell, some HP, Some home built... I have never
          once had any version of itunes do anything to any
          optical drives on any PC...
          i8thecat
        • XP uninstalled the DVD ROM drive?

          Sounds like an MS bug to me.
          Bruizer
    • Adobe's flash IS buggy...

      however the rest of this leave me puzzled...

      [b]Furthermore, before Steven Jobs criticizes Adobe's terrible and buggy software he should look in his own back yard at that dirty little program called iTunes, which a ton of Windows users have found extremely difficult to either install, remove or get to work with their Apple products once its installed.[/b]

      A TON of windows users found difficult... really? Can you post some sort of proof? Because this is the first time I've heard of this, and I have 4 computers in the house, each one running iTunes and NONE of them have any issues at all. I've had no issues installing it, uninstalling it, or getting any iPhones or iPods to connect to it on any of the computers... 3 Dells; 2 running Windows 7, 1 running XP, 1 HP running Windows 7... and these computers have been running it for years. And with the latest update to iTunes for Windows I've noticed a speed increase... so like someone else said if you can't get iTunes to run on your computer just step away from the keyboard and never touch another computer as long as you live.
      athynz
    • WOW! Only 10 to 20 people have had issues with iTunes

      Sounds darned impressive to me
      Bruizer
      • I guess that explains why...

        ...Apple hasn't sold many iPods or iPhones to Windows users...

        ...hang on!
        hill60
  • RE: Apple HTC lawsuit: If I can't get my Nexus One...

    Here's a list of some famous lawsuits by Apple or against Apple. http://bit.ly/ajjqI1

    Most of them are logo based but Apple know how to protect its base for sure.
    fartikansmea