When Apple filed a patent infringement suit against HTC earlier this month regarding patents related to the iPhone, HTC didn't respond immediately, but Google did, even though Google isn't named in the suit.
Observers understandably latched onto that as an indication that the real fight here is between Google and Apple, between the iPhone and the Nexus One. I won't deny they're probably onto something there, but Wednesday, HTC issued its own response, Macworld reports. The Taiwanese handset manufacturer made clear it's not planning to sit back and just let the chips fall as they may. Macworld pointed to a statement from the company's CEO, Peter Chou. He said:
HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible.
The lawsuit addresses 20 different patents related to the software and hardware of the iPhone. Since HTC only manufactures hardware, it could only be implicated in some of the claims. Apple has not indicated which HTC products it believes violate the hardware patents.