Electronics giant Apple has been on the war path for quite some time, suing almost every company it thinks has infringed on a patent. In the last couple of weeks, Apple won a case against Samsung to have the Galaxy S tablets removed from European stores.
But now HTC has taken aim at Apple, and it has received a little bit of help from an unlikely source. Google, who recently acquired Motorola Mobile, handed over nine patents to HTC to strengthen their infringement case against Apple.
“Google transferred nine patents to HTC on September 1, four of which were originally sourced from Motorola, three from Openwave Systems and two from Palm. They will help HTC amend a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) filed in Washington and possibly reverse the preliminary ruling that HTC has infringed on Apple,” Ars Technica wrote. Apple is contesting that HTC’s Android phones are running off a copy of the iPhone.
The newly-acquired patents are sure to change things a bit in the lawsuit. “That’s a bit of a game-changer. Google was interested in protecting its licensees with Android. It shows they need to support their customers in order to make sure the customers stick with them,” Will Stofega, a technology analyst told Bloomberg.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor