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HTC CEO Peter Chou says ITC ruling against the company is a mere "distraction"

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HTC CEO Peter Chou says ITC ruling against the company is a mere
Despite seeing HTC charged with infringing on two of Apple's patents by the ITC, possibly slowing down the express train called Android, the company's CEO says that the whole affair is a mere "distraction". HTC isn't letting the ruling slow it down as the Wall Street Journal reported that third quarter revenue is expected to rise an amazing 80% year-over-year.

Analysts expect HTC to ship 13.5 million smartphones in the current quarter, a whopping 98% increase from the prior year. In the June quarter the company shipped 12.1 million smartphones while Industry leader Apple sold 20.3 million iPhones over the three months. HTC is also looking to expand its position in the Android tablet business. The report in the Journal said that Chou is "carefully assessing the tablet market".

Chou also said that HTC's recent purchase of graphics company S3 for $300 million would prove to be money well spent. While Chou didn't bring it up, Apple was recently found to have infringed on two of S3's patents. It could prove to be money well spent if HTC could use the S3 patents as some sort of "hostage swap" with Apple.

While the Taiwan based HTC is enjoying strong, rapid growth, in April the company lost its head of innovation Horace Luke. Luke had overseen the dramatic rise in HTC from a contract handset manufacturer churning out product for others, to become a major handset manufacturer itself. Luke-designed product will still be churned out by HTC until the end of Q1 next year. At that time, we will have to see if HTC can keep its edge when it comes to the design of its products which many consider to be among the best in the industry.

source: WSJ via AppleInsider

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posted on 30 Jul 2011, 09:30 18

1. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Apple is such a douche bag company. Suing other companies for infringing your weak ass patents only to have them counter sue you back for the same thing, only benefits one thing: The Lawyers.

Ends up hurting innovation and customers cuz all those lawyer's fees get passed onto handset costs.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:20 2

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


good comeback loser. You would kill on the 3rd grade playground

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:31 12

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um, Taco, this article is more about HTC than Apple.

Posts like these are an example of what not to do in order to recover your reputation.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:34 2

9. biophone (Posts: 1977; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Its an htc and apple article. But it is still an apple article as it talks about them. I dot see how a couple lawyer fees will raise the price of a phone by more then a couple cents. So that wont really hurt customers

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:41 9

11. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Ehh... have you seen what legal fees for high profile costs are these days? Especially since HTC could be ordered to pay their own and Apple's legal fees AND give further compensation should they lose. That's a lot of money.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 15:21 1

31. biophone (Posts: 1977; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Ok so sniggly im guesing over the course of 2 years htc sells 50 million devices lawyer fees are lets say 10 million. That would increase the price of a phone by 20 cents. That isnt really bad. Correct me if im wrong this is all a guess but its about what i think it will be. If you have more accurate numbers feel free to enlighten me. Now if they lose then that means they copied apple and should have to pay for whatever the judgement is. Apple has that right and i expect the court system to do what is correct. My point is the consumer really shouldnt see much of an impact from this.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:06 3

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Nexos is a troll that only posts to talk s**t about Apple. I really don't care what anyone on here thinks about me. This is the bs that happens with fandroid trolls. It's ok to bash Apple, but if anyone bashes android or the trolls back then that's messed up.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:26 10

18. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Um. Yeah. Taco, have you noted where I've been telling those insulting you to cool their jets too? I don't care if you bash Android, but the personal crap can end if we all make an effort at it.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 13:29 7

22. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@ Taco50. You gotta admit, Sniggly has had your back the last few articles. When you were attack, Sniggly asked Android fans to back off. But it's hard to defend you when you are the one attacking first. NeXoS expressed a feeling about the company Apple. Not about the iPhone, not about iOS, and not about you. Even with this new More civil approach some of us have been trying to take, you still managed to take a few swings at Android and Android fan that went ignored. Why can't you extend the same courtesy to this young lady?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 13:53 2

24. Laurynas (unregistered)


What lady?
It is just a foto of Caroline de Souza Correa.
I don't think that NeXoS is a girl.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 15:49 1

34. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


NeXoS may still be a girl, but I KNEW IT.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 14:40

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Apple is a douche bag company is a well thought out argument?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 16:22 2

35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Taco, did Whateverman say anywhere in his comment that he thought NeXoS's comment was a well thought out argument? No, he did not. He's simply asking you to be more courteous, just like me.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 08:27

56. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I told ya, he is incapable of change. Most people are not. Just putting a leash on behaviors and leashes break.

posted on 01 Aug 2011, 15:38

57. duder (unregistered)


Is it a thought out argument if its true?

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 20:15

55. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


if this is more of an htc article why don't u criticize nexus not taco? he started bagging on apple... and why shud apple not protect their patents... and as a business, which u seem to forget sometimes, they are in it for the money and will get as much as they can,.. this has nothing to do with android and iOS this is simply who is the better business man, and i think it will be apple in the end,...

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 19:35 2

44. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


@taco

shows your class, you call a girl a moron? get a life.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 13:07

20. Laurynas (unregistered)


It is pathetic to sue everyone around you, but patent rights also should be respected!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 20:13 1

45. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Exactly!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 20:15

46. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


That was @ aztaxia12295 above.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 10:06 5

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Yes, how dare Apple defends the products they pioneered and innovated? How dare they attack the competition for copying them and such?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 10:48 14

5. Rob74 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


Hey Miz if apple pioneered and innovated everything then why are paying royalties to Nokia.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:31 4

7. biophone (Posts: 1977; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Did he say everything. I didnt think so dont put words in other mouths. Apple has a right to defend themselves no matter what anybody says. Great point miz. Htc is a great company too with great phones and im sure them and apple will work this out.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:51 6

13. Rob74 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


He didn't say it but I know he meant it I've read some of his posts and they are ridiculous, your not a fanboy biophone the Miz is don't put yourself on that level.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 15:12

29. biophone (Posts: 1977; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Just because he has had some ridic posts doesnt mean what he is saying here isnt correct. I agree with this specifc point of the miz. Then you completly ignored what the miz said and distorted it. Just becayse apple pays royalties doesnt mean they dont inovate in other areas. He never said inovate everything and your post was more to do with the fact you dont like him not based on what he said.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 13:35

52. droidfan_007 (unregistered)


yeah right...
http://youtu.be/CW0DUg63lqU
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-ios-5-copied-android-2011-6?op=1
this is more like the samsung-apple thing
http://www.pdamuseum.com/palm/palm_pics/palm3z.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/aLGOQ.jpg

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 10:30 3

4. Hongkie Tong (unregistered)


Unless there is only 1 bloody product/industry designer in the whole goddamn world...I'm not too sure HTC will sweat about losing a designer....There will always be better one out there. lol

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 11:38 8

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


HTC: cool under fire. I'm surprised the article didn't mention Chou putting on sunglasses, spouting a one liner, then walking away while a giant apple explodes behind him.

I'm all for companies getting compensation for the use of their IP (though Apple is just as guilty as everyone of simply buying a lot of its patents or getting ideas from elsewhere, like pinch to zoom), but Apple isn't looking for that. They are specifically asking for HTC products to be completely banned from the US market. I'm very much against the initiation of force against others.

Like has been said before, Apple is not interested in competing. They want to be the ONLY game in town. They can't tolerate anyone else being as successful as they are. And HTC is probably their greatest threat, due to its insane growth and reputation for quality.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:20 1

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


That's bs

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 12:23 1

17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


How do you know what Apple wants to do internally? They are protecting things they innovated and have patents on and they have total right to do that.

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