Asus Not Worried about Patent Lawsuits

December 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

One aspect going as strong as the mobile device market is the patent war between many of the major manufacturers. And, Asus says they are not worried about being sued over patents.

Asus chairman Jonney Shih said so after he picked up the Pan Wen Yuan Prize at an awards ceremony, adding that Asus had many 3G patents and was not worried about being sued.

It’s hard to not think that he was not referring to HTC’s loss against Apple in the patent war, where the International Trade Commission upheld an initial ruling in favor of Apple.

Shih also dismissed the reports of ultrabooks not doing good business. He said the Zenbook line had so far met original expectations.

The Asus boss went on to say that sales of the Zenbook could to hit 300,000 units by the end of 2011, despite rumors that hinted at numbers no more than 180,000.

There have been reports that the overall ultrabook sales have been worse than expected.  Also, the MacBook Air is all set to outsell the Zenbook, with estimates about 5 million units of Macs being shipped by fall – more than half of these in recent quarters have been notebooks.

Coming to smartphones, Asus had stopped most of their smartphone efforts after the failure of a joint venture with Garmin. We know 2012 is expecting the launch of the Asus Padfone hybrid. But Asus has evidently stayed out of the mobile space if not for their Android tablets.

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