Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Review: Patent punch-ups

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 05 March 10

Moto, Sony Ericsson seen as next in Apple's patent suit firing line; will Microsoft join the fray?

The patent dispute between Apple and HTC could well be the first of many as the iPhone maker turns to intellectual property litigation in a bid to bring arch-rival Google down a peg or two. Motorola is likely to be next in line, analysts say – just what the U.S. vendor's turnaround plan needs – while all Android-based smartphone makers that are importing phones into the U.S. could conceivably come under fire. In addition, there is speculation that Microsoft will join the melee and have a jab of its own at Google. The industry's latest patent debacle – and we expect this one to run and run – sprang into life on Tuesday when Apple sued Taiwanese handset maker HTC for a total of 20 alleged patent violations related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a brief statement. Nomura Securities global technology specialist Richard Windsor believes this suit is merely the tip of the iceberg…

The patent dispute between Apple and HTC could well be the first of many as the iPhone maker turns to intellectual property litigation in a bid to bring arch-rival Google down a peg or two. Motorola is likely to be next in line, analysts say – just what the U.S. vendor's turnaround plan needs – while all Android-based smartphone makers that are importing phones into the U.S. could conceivably come under fire. In addition, there is speculation that Microsoft will join the melee and have a jab of its own at Google. The industry's latest patent debacle – and we expect this one to run and run – sprang into life on Tuesday when Apple sued Taiwanese handset maker HTC for a total of 20 alleged patent violations related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a brief statement. Nomura Securities global technology specialist Richard Windsor believes this suit is merely the tip of the iceberg…

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