Fight fair or go home. I feel like buying an android phone now, because I don’t want anything to do with these patent trolls anymore.
Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has struggled to compete with Android. Its newest phone is over a year old, and looks badly dated compared to the latest slick Android hardware. And it’s being outsold over two-to-one by Android globally, according to market researchers. But Apple has a secret weapon — litigation.
On Friday HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), one of the three largest Android phonemakers in the world was dealt a stunning preliminary loss in a lawsuit brought against it by Apple.
The loss clears the way for virtually all shipments of HTC Android smart phones into the U.S. to be blocked for an indefinite amount of time. Android devices constitute the vast majority of HTC’s sales and a large portion of those sales are in the U.S. Given that HTC does not enjoy the fat profit margins Apple does, thanks to a lower markup, the loss of this major chunk of revenue could be enough to kill HTC or at least cripple it.
Namely HTC was found guilty of infringing on:
U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647: “A system and method causes a computer to detect and perform actions on structures identified in computer data.” U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263: “A data transmission system having a real-time data engine for processing isochronous streams of data includes an interface device that provides a physical and logical connection of a computer to any one or more of a variety of different types of data networks.”