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"HTC appears to be less determined than Apple and much less sure of having a strong case because otherwise it would, like Apple, take concurrent action at both levels, or if it had to choose between the two, HTC would take Apple to a court of law. Only filing a complaint in hopes of a governmental agency doing most of the work looks weak."

Mueller gave HTC little chance of success, saying: "I have serious doubts that HTC's apparently half-hearted counter strike will scare Apple. HTC's light warfare is probably no match for Apple's heavy artillery'¦HTC asserts five patents while Apple asserted 20.

"HTC had to choose its five bullets out of a rather small arsenal while Apple could pick its 20 out of an arsenal amounting to thousands of patents, which makes it much more likely, in purely statistical terms, that Apple's selection of patents poses a threat to HTC than vice versa."

He speculated that: "Maybe HTC hopes that its announcement could build some kind of pressure on Apple via its customers and shareholders."

According to Mueller, "The Android open-source project is the reason for which Apple sued HTC in the first place" and he suggested that eventually Android's creator, Google, would be drawn into the IPR battle between Apple and vendors of Android based products.

"When HTC and other vendors decided to create Android-based products, they might have thought that Google would help them out if any patent issues came up. I'm wondering whether Google can really stay on the sidelines of this forever, not only with a view to Android but also its other open source projects - existing and future ones."

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Stuart Corner

 

Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.

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