HTC files another lawsuit against Apple over patent infringement

HTC has filed another lawsuit against Apple, alleging patent infringement. HTC has been reported to have filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware. They claim Apple has violated two of their patents in their Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones, and other devices. HTC is seeking to halt the importation of Apple’s products to the United States. They also want compensation for the willful infringement. Part of this requests triple the price of a normal damages pay-off. When CNET requested comments on the new lawsuit, neither company was immediately available.

This is the second HTC lawsuit targeted against Apple in the past month. In late July, HTC filed a lawsuit against Apple in the United Kingdom. The difference this time is that the specifics of their UK lawsuit were not made public. So far, 2011 has been packed with legal confrontations among different companies. In particular, two clear opponents have been drawn between Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, and Google’s Android operating system.

As a result this has forced Google to buy Motorola out to cover Android vendors. Motorola possesses close to 17,000 patents, if not more. As a result their ownership means they can help other Android vendors; such as HTC and Samsung. HTC attempted to protect itself by purchasing S3 Graphics for $300,000,000. The patents inherited via their purchase made in early July gave the company some more leverage for challenging Apple.

The International Trade Commission has said that it would examine an Apple-filed complaint targeting HTC. Both companies have filed lawsuits in Delaware, alleging patent infringement against each other for their smartphones and other devices.

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If Apple isn't going to let up, then why should any other manufacturer stand by and take it? If they've got a casey, then I just assume HTC, Samsung, Moto, LG, etc. all give Apple a spoonful of their own medicine.

TDQuiksilver said,
If Apple isn't going to let up, then why should any other manufacturer stand by and take it? If they've got a casey, then I just assume HTC, Samsung, Moto, LG, etc. all give Apple a spoonful of their own medicine.

If HTC, Samsung would stop copying the iPhone hardware, then Apple wouldn't be sueing them.

Svggarden said,

If HTC, Samsung would stop copying the iPhone hardware, then Apple wouldn't be sueing them.

Why would they copy old hardware?

So they are hiding why they are suing them? Sounds pretty fishy like they don't want any public logic involved.

But if it's legit, it is what it is.

"HTC is seeking to halt the importation of Apple's products to the United States." wtf? i've been waiting for new iphone for months.. i m gonna kill who have filed this lawsuit.

Adamb10 said,
Hey HTC spend less time suing and more time making your phones not look the same.

Not meaning to start an argument of any sort (like most of these kind of issues end up in), but am I correct in saying that all iPhones are pretty much identical, with the exception of a few curves here and there, and maybe a couple of features, that could have been implemented on the very first iPhone, but instead Apple are getting "fanboys" to wait/pay for an upgrade that should have been available from day one? (maybe it make good business sense). When will people realise that buying an iPhone is pretty pointless as they are buying something which is not up to "modern-tech standards/possibilities".

As for HTC suing, maybe they are trying to recoup some of their money/pride from the countless amount of times that they have been sued by Apple for some very open ended and vague patents!

Apple have always claimed that they do this to "increase competition by bringing new ideas", but all it is doing is deterring any competition as they have hogged a load of patents which are logical to any smartphone manufacturer.

(I am neutral btw as I am a samsung user)

Edited by Dave Prince, Aug 16 2011, 6:09pm :

Adamb10 said,
Hey HTC spend less time suing and more time making your phones not look the same.


hey apple Samsung etc etc spend less time suing and more time making your phones not look the same .

"As a result this has forced Google to buy Motorola out to cover Android vendors."

Drifting a bit from facts to opinion, at this point.

Neo003 said,
This is getting ridicules; in all of this lawyers are the clear winner.

This for sure. So much money going around for patents.