I don’t think either entity has the intestinal fortitude to take a swing with a balled up fist, but they have slapped each other with lawsuits.
It started recently when Apple sued HTC for using Apple-patented technology in their smart phones manufactured for who we all have to assume is Google. We all know those little guys as the Droid. HTC has flipped the claim and pointed a finger right back at Apple, stating Apple ripped off patented technology from HTC for use in all of their smart devices, the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Geez. Apple left the name “Google” out of their lawsuit, but clearly this was something of a move to push the competition out of the water, or perhaps off the mountain in their quest to rule the universe. HTC, showing some sport, is obviously enjoying the spirited competition and not about to back down in the “we had it first” patent war.
I’m curious what would happen if Apple dropped their suit. Perhaps HTC would follow suit? Or maybe the CEOs of both companies could ditch their khakis for a suit, discuss how wealthy they are, how so many people in the world struggle to get clean water and enjoy a meal on a weekly basis and then roll around in their millions upon millions upon millions of dollars.
My suggestion is that they leave it be, race to get their products out first, develop a loyal following and let us, the “Keeping up with the Jones’s” public to decide.
This is nothing new in the world of mobile and smart technology. Nokia sued Apple earlier this year for patent infringements, and Motorola sued Research In Motion (maker of the Blackberry) in January for the same reason.
In related news: I just invented something called the wheel.
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