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

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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58 Comments

1. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 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.

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

9. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

31. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

22. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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?

24. Laurynas unregistered

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

34. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

35. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

56. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

57. duder unregistered

Is it a thought out argument if its true?

55. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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,...

44. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

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

20. Laurynas unregistered

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

45. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Exactly!

46. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

That was @ aztaxia12295 above.

2. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

5. Rob74

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

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

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

13. Rob74

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 29, 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.

29. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

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

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's bs

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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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