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Wireless Competition's Courtside Seats

12:40 PM -- Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) won the first round in its patent fight against High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), but the battle is far from over -- in the courts and in the market place. (See Apple Wins Patent Victory Over HTC.)

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, speaking at a conference in Tokyo, said that the Android-maker would make sure HTC didn't lose the patent war with Apple. He also argued that because of Android's success, its competitors are "responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations."

While it may not be accurate to imply Apple can't respond through innovations, I agree that it should. Rather than duke it out in the courts and threaten to exile a competitor from the U.S., Apple -- and the rest of the handset makers -- should compete on the strength of their hardware and software advances.

That's what makes the mobile market so exciting and keeps consumers vying for the latest and greatest handsets. Of course, copying another company's IP (especially "slavishly") is no way to compete, but it is expected that phone form factors are going to continue to converge. That doesn't mean the consumer experience has to. (See Apple Escalates Samsung Lawsuit.)

Competition should be encouraged and, like Schmidt said, should happen in the market place more so than the courtroom.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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