We are entering a terrain difficult for the world of technology, with too many lawyers from through, but the reality is that patents are more fashionable than ever and some judgments are dithered industry.
Apple recently won in the United States the first assault of its dispute with HTC, confirming that violates two of the ten patents that you put on the table, which conveniently inside faced iPhone and terminals Android.
We must not forget that behind Android also goes Microsoft, that you already have well tied HTC charging for each terminal that sells with Google’s operating system, and already is behind Samsung to take somewhat good per cent.
Leaving manufacturers on one side, we have to Oracle that it also wants a piece of the pie by misuse of Java on Android. The curious thing about this whole situation is that Google is showing quite apart, and although it is placed on its side, somehow its partners the danger. Eric Schimdt gave the face yesterday arguing that it is the form that has the competence to counteract the Android invasion.
HTC vs. Apple
If you are interested in knowing the history that lead HTC and Apple around patents until last Friday in which the people of Cupertino came out winners of the first round:
- HTC sued by Apple for infringing 20 patents
- HTC pays Apple with the same currency and demand for five of its patents infringement
- Apple sues HTC so stop import devices to United States
- Apple wins the first round, ITC recognizes that HTC has infringed two patents
In China they value alternatives
If we’re going to pay more money for patents that directly by licensing, it is normal that some manufacturers are considering alternatives. Where more movement there is in this respect is in China, many manufacturers there are three options:
- Adopt Windows Phone 7 with the arrival of Mango.
- Approaching the operators looking for customization of systems so that all come out winning, especially to operators that are committed by Microsoft and Apple
- Develop its own operating system. Motorola is on it.
In China, Huawei and ZTE they have already decided that they will have phones handle, other smaller manufacturers have it more complicated, since Android have the perfect choice without having to pay for licenses.
Some media have put on the table to MeeGo, which is hoping to find boyfriends since Nokia decided that it was not a priority. The latest rumors suggest that Intel would have gotten to be associated with ZTE the development of terminals with its manufacture chips.
Once they have raised the problem of patents, with legal resolutions included, we wonder if Google will again put on the drawing board to its operating system to change the problematic points, or if this will end up sitting together all players seeking to agree on a solution.