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HTC Countersues Apple

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

17 May 2010

HTC Corporation on May 12 took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) as a result of a patent infringement dispute.

The filing with the ITC seeks to halt the importation and sale of Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States, accusing Apple of infringing on five of its patents.

“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, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation.

“We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones," he added.

HTC's action mirrors a similar filing made by Apple against the Taiwan-based manufacturer earlier this year which alleged that HTC infringed Apple's patented technology.

These earlier complaints, also filed with the ITC, as well as with the US District Court in Delaware, accuse HTC of infringing 20 patents related to the Apple iPhone's "user interface, underlying architecture and hardware."

In a statement at the time, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it."

He added: “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

TAGS: patents | commerce | law | intellectual property | enforcement | e-commerce | United States

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