HTC is going on the offensive again, suing Apple for infringement of three separate patents. Details about the lawsuit and the patents in question are still unknown, but the complaint is directed at Apple’s Macintosh Computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. HTC filed the complaint against Apple in the U.S. District Court in Delaware and is asking the court to block Apple’s importation and sale of infringing products in the United States. The court documents reveal that HTC gained possession of the patents in 2008 and 2010.
HTC and Apple have been trading blows for quite some time. While it’s nice to see HTC standing up for itself, we hope the patents in question are strong enough to cause some serious damage. With nearly a half dozen patent infringement cases between the two companies, it’s getting hard to keep track of all moving pieces. We know all these legal disputes need their day in court, but we wish HTC and other manufacturers could one day scratch all their legal fees off the books and divert all that extra cash over to R&D.
Do you think that the legal battles between HTC and other manufacturers will die down once Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its patent portfolio is complete?