Yesterday Apple named HTC in a patent lawsuit that included various patents for the iPhone series of devices. At the time HTC released a haphazard statement, basically saying they had just heard about the suit themselves from internet sources. Today the company has released an official statement.
Pay attention to where they talk about the various patents they’ve created in the last 13 years, it could be the pre-cursor of HTC firing back at Apple and their use of certain mobile technologies used by HTC. Remember Nokia v. Qualcomm, god what a headache…good luck HTC….and Apple:
“HTC is a mobile technology innovator and patent holder that has been very focused over the past 13 years on creating many of the most innovative smartphones. HTC Corporation values U.S. and international patent rights and will work with in the U.S. Judicial System to protect its own innovations and rights.
HTC believes that consumer choice is a key component to success in the smartphone industry and this is best achieved through multiple suppliers providing a variety of mobile experiences. HTC has focused on offering its customers a uniquely-HTC experience through HTC Sense and its broad portfolio of smartphones.
HTC does not believe this lawsuit poses a short-term material impact to its business nor will it affect its Q1 2010 guidance.”
HTC also said that Apple’s request for the US ITC to freeze HTC handset imports will likely not heed any action and that the companies short term goals will continue to move forward with business as usual.
Also, unlike we recently predicted, Google released their own statement in which they said they have not been and will more than likely not be named in the lawsuit. [SlashGear]