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HTC chair expresses faith in patent litigation against Apple

2012/09/08 17:06

Vladivostok, Sept. 8 (CNA) Cher Wang, chairwoman of Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., said Saturday that she has faith her company will win the ongoing patent litigation against rival Apple Inc.

On the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit held in Vladivostok, Wang said she remains optimistic about HTC's chances to win the lawsuit against Apple.

The comment came after foreign wire services reported Apple may face difficulties in invalidating two HTC patents related to data transmission in wireless devices.

The reports said the United States International Trade Commission could issue bans on imports of Apple's latest version of iPad and the next generation of iPhone after HTC accused the U.S. consumer electronics giant of infringing on the two patents asserted by the Taiwanese firm.

In the case, HTC said the patents allow its products to transmit a larger amount of data and are crucial to the long-term evolution technology to speed up data downloads.

While Wang declined to comment on the specific case as she said she was in Russia simply for the APEC summit, the chairwoman said: "I am always upbeat about the odds HTC holds in the patent litigation."

"I always have confidence in HTC," Wang said.

The foreign reports said the upper hand HTC is gaining in the case could force a settlement with Apple in the U.S. firm's own patent infringement claims against the Taiwanese rival.

HTC and Apple have been locked against each other in patent battles since the U.S. firm filed its first litigation against the Taiwanese firm in March 2010 to kick off a series of litigation in which one side accused the other of infringement.

When talking about HTC's efforts to penetrate emerging markets like Russia, Wang said her company has grasped nearly 9 percent of the Russian smartphone market, up from 6 percent recorded in 2011.

Wang said as she expects great growth potential in Russia, HTC is determined to raise its investments in the country, especially as the giant country is now a member of the World Trade Organization.

Meanwhile, Wang and other local delegates to the APEC CEO Summit, such as Mitac-Synnex Group Chairman Matthew Miao and Cathay Financial Holding Co. Chairman Tsai Hong-tu, were gearing up to tout Taiwan as an ideal destination for foreign investors in their presence in Russia.

Wang said she would tell representatives from other countries about Taiwan's experiences in innovation and its efforts at introducing world-class technology into the island to strengthen the local business sector's global competitiveness.

(By Charles Kang and Frances Huang)enditem/npw