HTC counter-sues Apple; wants all infringing imports halted

Back in March, Apple sued Taiwanese company, HTC for infringing on 20 of their iPhone patents. Today, according to Fortune, HTC has issued their formal response--a counter-suit. The suit involves five patents, which according to Gizmodo, are related to power management, personalized phone dialers, and having a telephone dialer with "easy access memory."

According to the filing, HTC is also asking that the U.S. International Trade Commission block all imports of iPhones, iPods, and iPads. HTC's Vice President of North America, Jason Mackenzie, explains the company's actions by saying:

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

Similar words were spoken by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, back when their lawsuit was filed. The difference, however, is that HTC's public statement stresses the importance of protecting its customers. When Apple sued HTC, Jobs' reasoning was:

"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."

No further information is available regarding Apple's pending lawsuit against HTC. It will be interesting to see how this counter-suit affects the already sensitive situation. Perhaps the two companies could work out some sort of cross-licensing deal and call it a day. It also remains to be seen whether or not Google will get involved.

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Owning an iPhone, iPod and a Macbook. I hope someone take a bite out of Apple, just to get Apple to ratchet down their tone. Steve has been mighty high lately and someone needs to take him down peg before his "highness" becomes a liability to the company.

Let Apple die..
They think they creates some out of the world products.Like last year when they brought video recording to their crappy phone..BIg Deal.. It was the best joke of the last decade..

techbeck said,
Go HTC...they are looking after the customer while Apple just sits back and watch their wallets get fatter.

I owned several HTC phones and I can't say the customer service or customer care is any good. I would call it inadequate and poor.
Still... I hope they win just to teach Apple a lesson.

ferus said,

I owned several HTC phones and I can't say the customer service or customer care is any good. I would call it inadequate and poor.
Still... I hope they win just to teach Apple a lesson.

Not what I meant, but ok

Ryoken said,
I hope everyone sues everyone, blocks all imports, and all the nice phones stay in China.

well that may be good for you, but not the rest of earth.

if you want that perhaps relocating to under a rock? ;-)

Ryoken said,
I hope everyone sues everyone, blocks all imports, and all the nice phones stay in China.

Oh how selfish of you... Maybe you should leave Neowin since you only like China and almost nobody here comes from there.

Electric Jolt said,

Oh how selfish of you... Maybe you should leave Neowin since you only like China and almost nobody here comes from there.

-1

Electric Jolt said,

Oh how selfish of you... Maybe you should leave Neowin since you only like China and almost nobody here comes from there.

I'm in Canada, We would still get our imports just fine We don't have companies going copyright crazy here like in the US

Vveazel said,
I hope Apple wins.

Never really got this -1 crap. Rather pointless to JUST post that.

Anyways, Apple needs to get that tree out of their ass. I hope HTC wins.

DarkNovaGamer said,

Never really got this -1 crap. Rather pointless to JUST post that.

Anyways, Apple needs to get that tree out of their ass. I hope HTC wins.

-1 ... it shows the opinion of the crowd.

-TV- said,
I hope HTC wins.

+1

For those keeping score, it's the original post (+1) + all of the plus 1 replies (7) - the minus 1 reply (1) + the plus 100 (1) = 107

Edited by Ryan Hoffman, May 13 2010, 12:32am :

Ryan Hoffman said,

+1

For those keeping score, it's the original post (+1) + all of the plus 1 replies (7) - the minus 1 reply (1) + the plus 100 (1) = 107

Can I be the first to say I don't agree with either of them? This is corporate posing at best, or petty tit-for-tat at worst.