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.
Chou goes on to tout HTC’s history of innovation, from the 1999 release of the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the U.S—the T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition—through the first Google Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, in October 2008.
At issue in the legal action, which takes the form of both a U.S. District Court case and an investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission, are 20 patents related to both software and hardware. HTC, however, only manufactures hardware for smartphones, which run either the Windows Mobile or Android operating systems.