Apple introducing its new iPod touch in the US, Peter Chou, CEO and president of
HTC (High Tech Computer) pointed out that HTC has registered HTC Touch as a
trademark worldwide, adding that the company feels proud to share the same
vision as Apple over touch screen functions. Ching-hung Wang (transliterated
from Chinese by DigiTimes), marketing manager of HTC pointed out that he does
not think Apple's iPod touch was targeting HTC since Apple should put its focus
on bigger companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.
As for whether iPod touch violates HTC's trademark, Wang pointed out that in
the past Apple and Cisco were able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement
over the rights to the iPhone trademark, adding that the question surrounding
the rights to the Touch trademark would need further observation.
Nevertheless, HTC would not comment whether or not it will take legal action
against Apple for trademark infringement.
Cheers ~ Arne