Apple could knock the world’s biggest Android phone maker out of the U.S. tomorrow

“HTC, the world’s largest maker of Android phones, is likely furiously rubbing rabbit’s feet and sweating buckets in the face of a potential trade ruling Tuesday that could slam the door on U.S. sales of all handsets using the Google mobile operating system,” Ed Sutherland reports for Cult of Mac. “Experts already predict Android is in ‘serious trouble.'”

Sutherland reports, “The Washington, DC-based U.S. Trade Commission Tuesday rules on HTC’s appeal of a July decision that the company’s Android phones violated two Apple patents… a ruling against HTC could outright ban sales during the most lucrative holiday period, slashing Android’s U.S. marketshare from 25 percent to nothing… The impact of an HTC loss could be felt by all Android manufacturers. ‘It’s hard to see how any Android device could not infringe, or how companies could work around them,’ patent expert Florian Mueller said back in July, after HTC’s original patent loss.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Don’t steal IP.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dow C.” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

  1. We all want to see Apple have some serious competition but not by IP thieves.

    Google should be trying to improve on the iPhone so I hope for the sake of smart-phone users everywhere HTC are dealt a blow.

    Come back with something better or something that at least doesn’t contain Apple IP.

    1. umm , didn’t apple use Other’s ideas and work in designing & building their phone? LG released their Prada touchscreen phone waaay before the release of apple’s phone. You & I both know this list goes on and on and on. ” Blatantly Copying OUR Black, Rectangular Design is Just Not Right “…..rather childish, cry-baby behaviour, imo.

    1. Me neither. This just has the smell of “too good to be true”. I worry that Android phones have become such a big business that regulators will bend over backwards to justify their existence.

      ——RM

  2. Ok, going to put this comment first before my main comment which will probably get flamed.

    Apple; don’t actually do it. No better way to make yourself the worlds ultimate James Bond villain, even KNOWING you are most likely right about the charges against Google.

    You want a monopoly investigation? Go for it, if it makes you feel better, but you don’t want that in the real world.

    Instead, go for a really large settlement to license †hat code.
    That will leave a very large sword of Damocles hanging perpetually over Googles head.

    As big a villain as Google seems to be, you don’t want to create sympathy for them, and I predict that will happen.

  3. I see the courts either letting HTC off with large fines etc.
    or ruling against Apple…

    They won’t force HTC out.

    Just My Opinion though, Wish Apple would win and ALL Android was banned but that’s not going to happen.

    1. Even if Android can get shut down, the annoying thing is that Google doesn’t loose much of anything but the phone makers would. See what happens when you partner with a thief?

  4. You know it’s not going to go down this way, and that HTC really isn’t sweating anything. That obviously won’t stop Cult of Mac can portray it that way though.

    If you’ve been keeping up with the issue at all on the FOSS Patent blog, you know that these things don’t work like a “slamming door”.

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