The legal merry-go-round continues...
Causing something of a stir late last night was news HTC has asked the International Trade Commission to ban all sales of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads in the United States. What for? Alleged infringements relating to power management, diallers and quick-access contact lists - all areas you'd have thought would have been nailed down by now.
"As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible," said HTC's US VP Jason Mackenzie. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."
Yes, much as we love HTC, there seems tenuous logic to this. Surely these features have been in Apple devices for years now so the only sense would seem to be in timing the complaint to have maximum impact. Then again, it couldn't possibly have anything to do with Apple suing HTC back in March?!
That said Apple is taking it from all sides at the moment following multi-touch and Nokia lawsuits last year. While HTC itself hasn't escaped unscathed having controversially agreed in April to pay Microsoft royalties on the Android handsets it makes.
Now on the one hand we must expect companies to protect their intellectual property, but on the other it does seem we've reached the ridiculous stage now. I'm half tempted to sue them all for daring to have devices that make phone calls...