As the smart phone market gets smoldering hot a Famous American company says that it appears that a Taiwanese company that manufactures smart phone handsets may have borrowed or closely copied some of their patents. The plaintiff denies it of course, and we shall see in the future if any of these claims of imitation stick. Nevertheless, both smart phone makers are in a significantly tough market for world-wide Smart Cell Phone sales. Yes, even here in the US.
These lawsuits are quite serious, well at least the charges by the American Company appear to be, and it’s interesting that this company chose the Taiwanese based company to go after, instead of the a US based firm which makes the software. If the American Company wins such a case this might cause the Taiwan manufacturer to no longer offer their top smart phone models that compete directly with the American Company, which really do look and feel like an the American high-tech smart phone handset to most of the personal tech reviewers (based on all the YouTube reviews), and Taiwan company has a number of new handsets which are about to be marketed in the USA Mi 11X. Does this mean the American Company is trying to preempt this introduction?
The question is does the Taiwan company’s touch sense like technology really violate the American Company’s patents? The American Firm thinks so, and it’s highly prolific spokesperson has gone out of his way to make light of it, demanding healthy competition to continue, but for companies to compete, using their own technology without stealing it from the American Firm. If all this sounds like a bunch of fighting words, well in a way they are, I suppose. If the Taiwan company’s newest products come to the US it will most likely be sold in conjunction with a certain carrier’s 3G wireless program. And there are nearly 102 new clone types on their way in the near future in 2010.
Some have speculated that a popular US based software for smart phones had trouble working with a certain Taiwan smart phone, and the software had trouble negotiating the registry. If so, did the Taiwanese firm borrow something from the American firms OS, or is the American firm angry that the Taiwan models at the upper end look, feel, operate the same (or very similarly) and thus, are basically clones? The battle lines in the smart phone space appear to be headed to court, the US International Patent Court for starters.
Some contend that the American Firm is suing the Taiwan company, because the clones, which are running another US Firms’s software and by filing against the Taiwan company it will prevent a clash of the titans between two of the largest market cap tech companies in the world. If the American Firm is successful this could help hold their latest handset technology’s price point, thus, helping yet, another US enterprise’s smart phone which sells for $199 as well. Nevertheless, the world is about to be flooded with smart phones in 2010, and not just from the Taiwan firm.