HTC Sues Apple With Patent Lawsuit

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. is accusing Apple Inc. of violating three patents covering smartphones and other technologies and Apple has filed two patent infringement cases against HTC with the ITC. Recently, an ITC judge has found HTC in violation of two Apple patents which appear to be at the core of Android and are likely infringed by all Android devices………………


Smartphone maker HTC sued Apple seeking to halt U.S. imports and sales of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices because of alleged patent infringements. The latter alleged infringements of three patents obtained in 2008 and 2010 and which relate to Wi-Fi capability and other functions. It seeks compensatory damages as well as triple damages for willful infringement. Apple has accused HTC of patent infringement through its smartphones and filed several patent lawsuits against the Taiwan-based company in Delaware in the last two years. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet repeated a statement that Chief Executive Steve Jobs used on March 2, 2010 when Apple sued HTC for allegedly infringing 20 patents: “Competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.” HTC said it has now brought three cases against Apple before the ITC. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones,” HTC General Counsel Grace Lei said in a statement. HTC filed its complaints one day after Google Inc agreed to pay $12.5 billion in cash for Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc to gain access to thousands of patents and help protect its fast-growing Android mobile operating system.



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