Google sells patents to HTC so they can sue Apple in the bitchiest bitchfest ever
Apple like suing people over patents. They like that more than they like releasing new technology. And so, in return, they're getting sued in an amazing bitch-off.
See, Google have sold a load of patent to HTC so that they can sue Apple. Patents which Google bought from Motorola. Motorola are presumably that kid left in the playground wondering where everyone has run off to.
The nine patents concern Google’s Android operating system, and they're getting someone else to sue Steve Jobs' crew because they're unwilling to do it themselves.
HTC, of course, are being sued by the iPhone makers as well. Soon, someone is accidentally going to sue themselves, or sue the lawsuit which is suing itself. It's like watching a snake eat its tail.
HTC were the first Android developer to be sued by Apple, and it seems Google are backing it up in the fight without actually throwing a punch themselves. The Android companies are clearly sticking together on this one in a bid to stick a thumb in the eye of Apple.
According to the Telegraph, both HTC and Google have declined to say how much the patents (which concern wireless upgrades, contacts and interfaces) have cost to transfer.
“HTC will continue to protect its patented inventions against infringement from Apple until such infringement stops,” said HTC General Counsel Grace Lei. “We believe that we have an obligation to protect our business, our industry partners and our customers, who love using our products.”