Will Apple shift their attentions to HTC in the Patent War?

This isn’t a new story. It was as far back as March 2010 that Apple first filed papers with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court in Delaware claiming HTC infringed on a number of Apple's patents.

Until May this year, there hadn’t been a lot of movement on the case. But in May, the HTC One X and HTC 4G LTE were halted by US customs and in July Apple’s “slide to unlock” patent was ruled invalid by a judge in the UK.

Now that Apple has been successful claiming Samsung infringed on their patents, HTC are likely to be next on their list. But Cher Wang, chairperson of HTC, has stated that they have no intention of settling and are prepare to enter into a legal battle with Apple. She went on to add:

HTC has great skills in innovation and has the confidence to face legal lawsuits with Apple. Samsung's loss does not mean the failure of the entire Google Android ecosystem.

Wang added that the Taiwanese market needs to increase its efforts, but believes their future will be better than 2012.

HTC are expected to give at least 3 new models their debuts, including the successors to the HTC One X and the One V.

Source: Digitimes
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Apple will keep going until they sue every other Smart Phone manufacture out of businesses. Apple can't compete in a free market because if they are not number one they have to sue to get there it is simple as that. That became very clear with the Samsung case given the fact that none of Samsung's products looked any thing like the ugly as **** iPhone.

Hey now, HTC innovated magical new ways to get dust trapped inside your screen. With quiet brilliance. They're no pushovers.

Joshie said,
Hey now, HTC innovated magical new ways to get dust trapped inside your screen. With quiet brilliance. They're no pushovers.

In that case my old Nokia N73 would be prior art

DKAngel said,
can someone make apple go away allready?
They'll do that all on their own. They did it once and it will happen again.

smooth_criminal1990 said,
That's like saying "Hmm I wonder if Mordor will pay attention to Gondor, the last free realm of men?" /s

explain

smooth_criminal1990 said,
That's like saying "Hmm I wonder if Mordor will pay attention to Gondor, the last free realm of men?" /s

It would be really cool to see someone chuck an iPhone into an active volcano.

sanke1 said,

explain
I was making a Lord of the Rings reference (which you probably got), I just meant Apple is on a mission to cripple or destroy all competition and ideally control the market, in a similar way to how Sauron (in LOTR) wanted to conquer and rule Middle Earth.
I'm not saying Apple is the only company ever who wants or has wanted to dominate it's target market, just that they're going about it in an extremely aggressive way, and they haven't really clashed with HTC on the same scale as with Samsung.

I agree with the samsung verdict but I don't think the same applies to HTC and I seriously doubt Apple will go for them.

Samsung was targeted because it was so blatant it was effectively unarguable.

Love em or hate em HTC does have a distinct signature look to all of their handsets that is unmistakably HTC. Sense UI, again love it or hate it, is also distinctly HTC.

Go HTC!

Sonne said,
Love em or hate em HTC does have a distinct signature look to all of their handsets that is unmistakably HTC. Sense UI, again love it or hate it, is also distinctly HTC.

Go HTC!

Sense UI used to be fantastic, 1.x was great, since stock Eclair/Froyo/Gingerbread were quite ugly imo. You can't mistake the Sense interface or the design of HTC phones for an Apple product.

And here we go again

Although I do believe Apple are going to have a tougher time proving the Desire, Sensation and One series of phones are attempted carbon copies of Apple's phones, both in software and hardware.

The Teej said,
And here we go again

Although I do believe Apple are going to have a tougher time proving the Desire, Sensation and One series of phones are attempted carbon copies of Apple's phones, both in software and hardware.

Agreed. The OS in HTC phones have changed a bit since the Desire days too e.g. slide to unlock replaced by a ring to unlock, the app drawer doesn't really resemble Apple's icon grid as closely as Samsung's did (it even scrolls in a different direction) and there's no "one hardware button" at the bottom of the phone.

The Teej said,
And here we go again

Although I do believe Apple are going to have a tougher time proving the Desire, Sensation and One series of phones are attempted carbon copies of Apple's phones, both in software and hardware.

They also stuck with Sense, which was derived from TouchFLO, and their defining UI characteristic is the weather background and the giant clock. They'd only be able to get small damages if anything at all on a few details.

testman said,
Agreed. The OS in HTC phones have changed a bit since the Desire days too e.g. slide to unlock replaced by a ring to unlock, the app drawer doesn't really resemble Apple's icon grid as closely as Samsung's did (it even scrolls in a different direction) and there's no "one hardware button" at the bottom of the phone.
Ring to unlock? Is this similar to Samsungs unlock method? I haven't messed with the newer HTC phones so I really don't know.

If it is, I wonder. Why hasn't Samsung sued HTC or the other way around? Take a hint Apple...