On the financial side of the equation, both HTC and analysts believe that the lawsuit won't impact the company in the short term, but think the long-term consequences could pose trouble. "If Apple wins the lawsuit, this may potentially affect HTC's revenues and their competitiveness in the long run," said Chia-lin Lu, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities.
What's interesting is that Google pro-actively reached out to TechCrunch and emailed the blog a statement supporting HTC. It said, "We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it."
Many of the patents named by Apple describe how users interact with touch-based devices. Based on the descriptions of the patents, they apply more to the Android operating system itself more so than any tweaks that HTC may have made. Perhaps that is why Google jumped into the fray in support of HTC. This lawsuit is Apple's first -- if tangential -- shot at Android.
With the number of smartphone companies now suing one another -- Nokia, Apple, RIM, HTC, etc. -- it's clear that a turf war is well underway. All players are in the game to win, and will take any advantage over the competition they can get.