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Patent-infringing interface removed, HTC’s Chou says

By Jason Tan  /  Staff Reporter

One day after a ruling that some of its phones partially violated an Apple Inc patent, HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday said the questionable user interface had been “removed.”

HTC chief executive Peter Chou (周永明) told reporters yesterday his company has started working out a new solution to the user interface.

“We don’t believe removing this element sacrifices the mainstream user experience ... it is quite easy to get rid of this feature,” he said, adding that the patent “is rarely used.”

Chou said: “Copying others has never been on our agenda because we know that true value lies in your own innovations. We plan to work together with Google to -protect ourselves.”

Andy Rubin, Google Inc’s senior vice president of mobile, who visited HTC yesterday, agreed.

“We will do whatever it takes and we know HTC is worth supporting,” Rubin said.

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