HTC Bulking Up to Battle Apple’s “Big Muscle”
HTC has decided not to appeal a February International Trade Commission ruling that found Apple’s iOS devices don’t violate its patent for power management. But don’t view that as a concession of defeat. The company says it has decided to “focus on other pending cases at this time” and, according to chairwoman Cher Wang, it’s bulking up to really take Apple to the mat.
“Apple is a company with ‘big muscle’ and is famous worldwide,” Wang said late Wednesday. “In the United States particularly, it will be able to stop us by all means. This is our challenge. But we are not afraid of challenges because we have innovations. We will apply for patents in different fields, and we will also purchase different kinds of patents, such as those owned by S3 Graphics Co.”
Frankly, at this point, purchasing a few more patents might be a wise move. HTC has already lost a suit it filed against Apple, accusing it of violating patents held by S3 Graphics. And earlier this week, an ITC judge ruled that it cannot assert five patents it borrowed from Google to assert against Apple. Which leaves it in something of a bind, particularly since the ITC ruled last December that HTC had infringed an Apple patent for “data tapping.”
Not that the company’s leadership is all that worried about it. As Wang said, HTC isn’t “afraid of challenges,” and that’s a view shared by CEO Peter Chou. Said Chou, “Patent lawsuits haven’t caused any actual damage to HTC. Only the Street is worried for us, we’re not worried ourselves.”