TechCrunch is reporting that a Google spokesperson has issued a statement claiming Google will “stand behind” HTC during it’s patent battle with Apple. “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it,” a Google spokesperson emailed us. So […]
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Google Backs HTC in Apple Patent Suit

TechCrunch is reporting that a Google spokesperson has issued a statement claiming Google will “stand behind” HTC during it’s patent battle with Apple.

“We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it,” a Google spokesperson emailed us.

So far the this move by Apple has been seen as a proxy attack on Google’s Android mobile platform, and HTC is the largest manufacturer of those.

A little odd that Google would proactively send us a statement for something they’re not technically involved in. But, as we’re all well aware, this suit is much more about Google’s Android operating system than HTC. And it seems that Google is well aware of that too.

As we noted earlier, the clear focus of the suit centers around the HTC devices that are Android-based, including the Nexus One, the Magic/myTouch 3G, the Dream/G1, the Hero, and the Droid Eris. And in fact, with the Nexus One, Google worked closely with HTC to make the device, and is completely in control of selling it.

Apple filed suit in U.S. District Court in Delaware and is seeking an injunction against infringement of Apple-held patents by HTC, plus triple damages and max interest as to be determined by a jury. Apple also filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to halt imports of HTC handsets.

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