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.