HTC today outlined its disagreement with Apple?s legal actions.
"HTC disagrees with Apple?s actions and will fully defend
itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property
protection and will continue to respect other innovators and
their technologies as we have always done, but we will
continue to embrace competition through our own innovation
as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile
experience possible," said Peter Chou, chief executive
officer, HTC Corporation. "From day one, HTC has focused on
creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value
for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started
designing the XDA[i] and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone
Edition[ii], our first touch-screen smartphones, and they
both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC
smartphone models shipping since then."
The comments released on Thursday follow a lawsuit from
Apple earlier this month, accusing HTC of infringing on 20
iPhone related technology patents. HTC makes phones based on
software from Apple's rivals Google and from Microsoft.
Apple's suit was filed with both the U.S. International
Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware on
March 2, and seeks to prohibit HTC from selling, marketing
or distributing infringing products in the United States.
The complaint filed with the International Trade Commission
said infringing products include Nexus One, which was
launched in January, and other HTC phones such as the Hero,
Dream and myTouch -- which run on Google's Android mobile
"HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative
approach to business. This has led to long-standing
strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and
wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the
top U.S., European and Asian mobile operators," said Jason
Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. "It is through
these relationships that we have been able to deliver the
world?s most diverse series of smartphones to an even more
diverse group of people around the world, recognizing that
customers have very different needs."