Apple launches second patent complaint against HTC

Apple has filed a second patent-infringing complaint against HTC as they now try to block imports of what they called “Personal electronic devices” from the Taiwanese company.

According to SFGate, the complaint was filed late last week on July 8th, though no copy of the complaint was available and no additional details have been released.

HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that “HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place," Meanwhile, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet asked the press to refer to an earlier statement about HTC, which said that “competitors should create their own technology and not steal Apple's.”

This filing marks Apple’s second complaint against HTC, with the first dating back to March 2010. Apple then stated that they were suing the Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer for infringing on 20 Apple iPhone patents.

The patents relate to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware. Apple filed the lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

HTC then launched a counter-suite against Apple just two months later, saying that the company had infringed on five HTC patents. Finding on that case are to be presented on September 16.

HTC’s general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that “HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place," Meanwhile, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet asked the press refer to an earlier statement about HTC, which said “competitors should create their own technology and not steal Apple's.”

This latest complaint by Apple adds to an already busy past few weeks for the company’s lawyers thanks to their other ongoing patent battle with Samsung.

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