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March 4, 2010

HTC and Google respond to Apple lawsuit

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by Darren Allan

Both HTC and Google have responded to Apple‘s lawsuit which was filed earlier this week.

The Apple suit alleges that HTC infringed some twenty of its technology patents relating to the iPhone. Specifically, these referred to the hardware design and user interface of HTC’s own smartphones.

HTC has issued a statement saying that it has “focused on offering its customers a uniquely HTC experience through HTC Sense and its broad portfolio of smartphones,” and that it will “work within the US judicial system to protect its own innovations and rights.”

“HTC does not believe this lawsuit poses a short-term material impact to its business nor will it affect its Q1 2010 guidance,” the statement concluded.

Of course, one of the smartphones HTC is behind is Google’s Nexus One, which is no doubt why the search company also felt compelled to respond on the matter.

According to the Times, a Google spokeswoman said: “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”

Some parties have viewed this lawsuit as a shot at Google, so it will be interesting to see how the Apple-Google battle develops over the year.

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