May 12 AT 1:21 PM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

HTC sues Apple for patent infringement

HTC responded today to the Apple lawsuits by filing their own patent infringment claim with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. The complaint outlines five HTC patents infringed by Apple products, but we do not have specific details on which patents yet.

Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s vice president of North America, said, “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

Virtually everyone in the mobile industry has patent lawsuits against a competitor, so this comes as little surprise. Expect for this HTC vs. Apple ordeal to be tied up for years in court unless a settlement is reached. With HTC gearing up to launch an iPad competitor, it sounds like the competition with Apple will only continue to grow.

Update: Gizmodo has obtained the details of the five patents HTC is suing over. “Two are related to power management, two are over personalized phone dialers, and one’s over a telephone dialer with easy access memory.”

The web of mobile lawsuits.

[image via NYT]

Source: HTC

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  • http://Website Eric

    Yes! Fight!

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  • http://Website Artar

    Retarded. All of it.

    • jeanpaul145

      I agree with you a full 100%. A lot of this is the result of software patents. How can the USA govt not see how counterproductive their system is? Companies almost spending more money on court battles (and eventually settlement, which turns the court battles into nothing more than facades) ?
      IMHO they should just bite through the sour apple (no pun intended) and ignore the what-would-be-foul moods of the pro software patent lobbyists (who aren’t lobbying for the greater good of mankind, but for an even better filled pocket, not that they’re in a position to complain now) and just throw the software patent system as a whole away.

    • Zacqary Adam Green

      Yes. Yes it is.

      However, since it’s happening anyway, go HTC!!!!!

  • Stu

    Anyone else find it amusing that in the article announcing HTC is suing apple, that the graphic only shows apple suing HTC and doesn’t reflect the content in the article?

    • anakin78z

      looks like the graph was just updated :)

  • http://Website commodoor

    I have the feeling that nokia started everything :P

    • http://Website Jonathan M

      LOL.. they are suing everyone !!

      • bdveteran18

        I blame it all on Nokia haha

  • http://Website geekosphere101

    The Patent system here in the US is broken, most of these patents should never have been issued. Software is different. These kinds of suits are filled every other week. When’s the last time one has been solved by a court?

    • imbrenton

      This is true but in all, HTC has every right to come out suing Apple for infringement. HTC was the start of the “smartphone”.. but its kind of hard to side on the technology in which HTC is claiming because that info has yet to be released.

      I say fight the good fight and may HTC be the victor!

  • http://Website deeb215

    in your face scrapple!!

  • http://Website stevesvag

    I hope HTC ganks apple. God I hate that douchebag company. They make MS seem almost saintly.

  • Ross

    Team HTC

  • http://Website bubbles says

    I love it,go get them htc. Bubbles hopes steve jobs gets a std.

  • thesuperstar

    Go HTC.

  • schwiz

    wow looks like Nokia is the real bad guys in all of this. Still this is all just stupid why can’t we just have competition in the states?

  • http://Website Lemon

    Lol at Nokia. Spend some of those legal fees on R&D you retards.

  • http://Website Mike

    Nokia has to resort to lawsuits because they got left behind in US Marketshare

    • http://Website Terran

      Nokia only has themselves to blame for that. Their phones are crappy.

  • thescarletnecklace

    Alright, HTC!!!