HTC countersues AppleBy Hanleigh Daniels 13 May 2010 | Categories: news
HTC announced yesterday that it has filed a complaint against Apple with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to bring to an end the import and sale of Cupertino’s iPhone, iPad as well as the iPod in the US. It's another blow for Apple who are also involved in a nasty battle with Nokia, who has sued Cupertino claiming that the iPhone- and iPad 3G maker violated five of its patents in these two devices.
This step by HTC comes in the wake of Apple’s suit against HTC that it filed in March, claiming that the Taiwanese manufacturer infringed upon 20 of its patents that have to do with the iPhone’s user interface, architecture as well as hardware. HTC then signed a patent agreement with Microsoft which covers HTC cellphones that have Android OS doing the operating. Following that agreement, HTC took this latest step against Apple.
“As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible,” said Jason Mackenzie, HTC Corporation’s vice president for North America. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”
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