Mar 3rd, 2010

We’ve seen the Apple Press Release announcing the lawsuit and we’ve gotten a short statement from Google defending HTC and Android innovators – but what about HTC? They have in fact made a statement essentially saying they’re not making a statement – they didn’t even know about this lawsuit until we did!

“HTC only learned of Apple’s actions this morning via media reports, and therefore we have not yet had the opportunity to investigate the filings. Until we have had this opportunity, we are unable to comment on the validity of the claims being made against HTC”

But look what the folks at Engadget found – an HTC job opening for “Patent Counsel” from February 10th:

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Technology companies ALL need patent counsel and this isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but kind of comical indeed. What I would personally like to see are some spoofed “job descriptions” telling the pretend potential employees what they’re looking for and what they’ll be doing.

Maybe something like:

“Steve Jobs and the evil empire are suing our asses and we need your help! They’re making assanine claims, saying that they patented how to pinch something and suggesting that they invented buttons. While some of our rebuttals will take a seasoned lawyer, we’re also looking for any random idiot to fight the basic stuff. If you like Android and passed the bar anywhere, inquire within – we’ll hook you up with Android Phones and will serve you unlimited baked good desserts like Cupcakes, Donuts, Eclairs and more! Come on fatty – you know you want to apply.”

Unfortunately their own job summary was much more standard but feel free to offer your own attempts in the comments:

02.10.2010
Patent Counsel
Bellevue, WA or San Diego, CA

HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry and a recognized pioneer in smartphones, is continuing to build on its already impressive list of accomplishments. The world’s leading maker of Windows Mobile and Android handsets, HTC is today the #3 smartphone maker in the US, building its market share on a broad portfolio of hit products designed for the diverse needs of people. The HTC Hero, MyTouch 3G, DROID ERIS by HTC and HTC HD2, just to name a few, have been received with widespread acclaim, and only hint at what the future holds for HTC.

Summary:
We are currently recruiting for a Patent Counsel to join our Patent Team. In this position, you will join HTC America, Inc. at one of its most exciting phases. If you have experience and a passion for patent litigation coupled with knowledge of mobile device technology, this is the opportunity for you to join our expanding, world class legal team in a fast growing, successful mobile technology company. This position will report directly to the Chief Patent Counsel.

Qualifications:

* Should have knowledge of GSM, CDMA, and WCDMA and other mobile phone technologies
* 3-7 years of experience in patent litigation working at a law firm or managing outside counsel required
* An attorney registered to practice law in at least one state required
* Creative and proactive negotiation skills preferred
* Must be a team player and responsible case manager
* Undergraduate degree in engineering or physics preferred
* Experience in mobile phone technologies preferred
* Willingness to travel 1-3 days per month preferred

To apply please submit your resume referencing the desired position title to Careers_Americas@htc.com

Let’s see what you got…

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