HTC Sues Apple, Seeks Halt to iPhone, iPod, iPad Sales
HTC is suing Apple and asking U.S. regulators to ban Apple from selling the iPhone, iPod and iPad in the United States. The lawsuit is the latest move in the long-simmering legal battle between Apple and HTC, following Apple's March 2 lawsuit against the phone manufacturer for allegedly violating some 20 patents related to the iPhone. Apple also finds itself in a legal tit-for-tat with Nokia, as the iPhone battles it out with Google Android-based devices for greater share of the U.S. smartphone market.Apple found itself in the crosshairs of a patent-infringement lawsuit filed by HTC May 12, the latest maneuver in a long and increasingly bitter legal battle between the two companies. In a new filing, HTC officials ask the International Trade Commission to ban Apple from selling the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. "As an 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," Jason Mackenzie, HTC's vice president for North America, wrote in a May 12 statement. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly, our customers that use HTC phones."
That statement did not elaborate on the five patents supposedly in dispute. Nonetheless, this newest lawsuit is widely seen as a response to Apple, which filed a lawsuit against HTC March 2 alleging violation of some 20 patents related to the iPhone interface, architecture and hardware. "We think competition is healthy," Apple CEO Steve Jobs wrote in a March statement, "but competitors should create their original technology, not steal ours."