Apple's HTC Lawsuit Hitting its Mark, Analyst Says

Lora Bentley

When <strong>Apple filed suit against HTC</strong>, arguing that the company infringed 20 different patents associated with Apple's iPhone, observers suggested Google and its Android mobile platform were the real targets. And news a day later that the iPhone was losing mobile market share to Android seems to corroborate that theory.


Tuesday, at least one analyst was advising his clients that Apple's strategy is paying off. reports:

Oppenheimer's Yair Reiner said in a note to his clients that Apple's lawsuit, combined with high-level discussions, have caused top-tier smartphone makers to send their device plans back to engineering.

As Reiner also noted, the lawsuit did not come without warning. COO Tim Cook did not pull punches in January last year when he told reporters "We will not stand for having our IP ripped off..." At the time, though, most assumed Cook's comment was directed to Palm regarding its Pre. Now it's clear the warning was intended for a wider audience.


That said,'s Jared Newman makes an astute observation: The move may ultimately send more handset makers to seek the protection of Microsoft and its Windows Phone 7.

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Mar 13, 2010 3:40 AM Banker Zero (bnkr0) Banker Zero (bnkr0)  says:

OR - a handset maker might consider buying PALM for its patent protection.  Because they have plenty of their own patents that AAPL infringes.  I don't get how Win7 will by the handset makers any more protection - the patents are so general I'm sure they can be targeted at WinMo phones too.  And, like with Android - they could still go directly after the phone makers.

In the end, AAPL needs to be more worried about getting sued itself for its anti-competitive business practices.  They are more like MSFT than MSFT ever was.

Mar 22, 2010 2:16 AM Cortez Cortez  says: in response to Banker Zero (bnkr0)

The point being that MSFT has a vast patent portfolio, and they would hand APPL their ass if they attempted to challenge a win 7 phone based on patent infringement - That's even assuming there are no agreements in place between the two companies not to do such a thing.

It seems all phones that basically work infringe on multiple patents these days, and things are usually agreed behind the scenes. If AAPL intend to vigorously defend their patents without attempting to license them (ie to chill competition and force out better products), then it makes sense for handset makers to ally with the biggest patent holders around.

Mar 22, 2010 2:20 AM Cortez Cortez  says: in response to Cortez

What I mean is that it's presumably cheaper to piggyback on MSFTs patent protection and legal budget than it is to buy PALM for a similar effect.

The whole thing is a crock anyway.


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