March 4, 2010 | by Chris Smith
I am sure that most if not all of our readers have heard about the recent Apple, Inc. lawsuit against mobile handset maker and Android pundit HTC. The 20 different patents that Apple is protecting can be torn apart, criticized, mocked, whatever but the real issue at hand is Apple is trying to destroy any smartphone competition in the United States.
Apple now seeing the recent boom in Android adoption is trying to protect its iPhone sales without having to innovate at a faster pace. The only way to do this is to use their patents, some of which are questionable, to take out the competition. I would be very surprised if HTC or Android actually “stole” technologies that Apple created. It seems to me that Android, Palm’s webOS, Windows Mobile/Phone, Symbian, as well as the iPhone OS have moved the idea of modern smartphone interfaces forward. In my opinion none of the ideas are revolutionary, only more of an evolution of the way a smartphone works and therefore should not be patentable.
If you think that Apple is going to stop at HTC you are mistaken. If Apple sets a precedent with the HTC case in the USA they are going to take out device manufacturers that sell in the US one-by-one. Not only will this decrease smartphone competition, it will make smartphones more expensive and most innovation in the space will go away because of the increase cost to enter the mobile device space. If very simple ideas are protected under patent (slide to unlock) the cost of coming up with new ideas that go around the patents will be too high and most device manufacturers will exit that market. So, we will be left with expensive, uni-tasking iPhones, with an App Store that only carries apps that the company sees fit.
I seriously hope that this case doesn’t go though in it’s entirety; the stipulations of it are serious and and could be extremely detrimental to consumers.