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HTC comments on iPod touch

Executives for High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwan-based manufacturer of Microsoft Windows CE portable devices that holds worldwide trademarks for its touch screen-based HTC Touch, have commented on Apple’s announcement of the similarly-named iPod touch. Digitimes reports that HTC CEO Peter Chou has pointed out to the press that while his company holds trademarks for the HTC Touch, the company is proud to share a similar vision with Apple in regards to touch screen functionality. HTC product manager Ching-hung Wang pointed to a previous trademark agreement between Apple and Cisco concerning the iPhone, while stating that questions regarding the Touch trademark would need further observation. HTC has yet to comment on whether or not it will take legal action against Apple for trademark infringement.

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1

In related news, Austrailian rock group Divinyls is also considering action against Apple, claiming that the company’s iPod Touch infringes on their copyright for their hit song “I Touch Myself.”

Posted by tommy on September 7, 2007 at 12:05 PM (CDT)

2

So people can trademark ordinary words now?

Posted by Muero on September 7, 2007 at 1:11 PM (CDT)

3

HEY, PLEASE, GIMME SOME ATTENTION! PLEASE! GIMME GIMME! *argh*

Posted by Bad Beaver on September 7, 2007 at 1:24 PM (CDT)

4

Come on, you know as well as I do that if it were the other way around, Apple would be all over HTC.

And yes, you can trademark ordinary words.  You think another car company could build a car and name it Mustang without Ford saying something about it?

Posted by nhatman on September 7, 2007 at 1:40 PM (CDT)

5

Executives for High Tech Computer (HTC), a Taiwan-based manufacturer of Microsoft Windows CE portable devices that holds worldwide trademarks for its touch screen-based HTC Touch, have commented on Appleā€™s announcement of the similarly-named iPod touch.

Similarly named?  Yeah, Touch and Touch are ‘similar’.

Don’t forget the Zen Touch from 3 years ago.

Like the iPhone, Apple obviously did their homework and know what they’re doing.

Too bad they didn’t remember the fiasco that was Coke Classic ;)

Posted by tintin on September 7, 2007 at 2:01 PM (CDT)

6

“Come on, you know as well as I do that if it were the other way around, Apple would be all over HTC.”

It’s not so long ago that iPodLounge was forced to changed its name to iLounge.

Posted by Joshua on September 7, 2007 at 2:27 PM (CDT)

7

Like the Zen Nano?
Or the iTV or the iPhone?
:)

Posted by will_bc on September 7, 2007 at 2:52 PM (CDT)

8

HTC has no case by virtue of the fact that they have not previously enforced the trademark by letting creative, and possibly others, use it. it they didn’t sue creative, they ain’t getting a dime from Apple now.

Posted by tabcounter on September 7, 2007 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

9

@tintin
I think they’re trying to Phase-Out harddrive iPods; They may even be hoping the iPod Classic goes in a similar direction to Coke Classic since Micro HDDs are more prone to Failure during Warranty Period than Flash Memory.

Posted by Salvo.Dan on September 7, 2007 at 5:25 PM (CDT)

10

The claim that suggests that hard drives are prone to failure is misleading. I’ve owned 5 hard-drive-based iPods and none of them failed despite daily use.

Posted by Japester on September 8, 2007 at 4:01 AM (CDT)

11

I am about to replace my ageing Palm with a wi-fi capable device but three things are putting me off buying an iPod Touch. One is its small capacity, but I could live with that. But two other issues really concern me. Why are the Mail and Notes applications of the iPhone absent from the new iPod Touch? It seems very strange, to me, to create a PDA without a notes application. And while webmail could work through Safari it seems odd not to include an email application. Will the device be capable of being loaded with further applications in the future, or would buyers now be stuck without them for ever?

Posted by Robbie Dinwoodie on September 8, 2007 at 5:16 AM (CDT)

12

It’s an iPod, not a PDA. It could do this, but it’s positioned as a media-playback device, not a communicator. You should probably get an iPhone, not a Touch.

Posted by Japester on September 8, 2007 at 9:41 AM (CDT)

13

When are Apple and Microsoft going to learn that when we buy one of thier devices or software that we own it, not them. It is ours to use as we wish. Thank the tech gods for hackers. If I want to use the ipod touch as a PDA then I should be able to, its my property.

Posted by John Park on January 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM (CST)

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