HTC has become the latest manufacturer to get involved in the bitter patents war spreading through the industry after filing a lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement.
The manufacturer filed a lawsuit with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court of Delaware yesterday (16 August) claiming that the computer giant had infringed three of its patents from 2008 and 2010 and used the technology for many of its iconic products.
If successful, HTC could potentially block sales of the iPhone and iPad in the US.
The lawsuit follows a case earlier in the year where Apple filed similar claims against HTC, accusing the Taiwanese firm of patent infringement.
On this occasion, the ITC judge ruled in Apple’s favour and found that HTC had infringed two of the company's patents.
HTC Corporation general counsel Grace Lei said: ‘We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones. This is the third case before the ITC in which Apple is infringing our intellectual property. Apple needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its products.’
According to HTC: ‘The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Apple’s Mac computer and mobile devices that are essential to user experience, including: Wi-Fi capability that allows users to wirelessly network multiple devices at home, at work, or in public; and processor communication technology that enables a seamless integration of a PDA and a cellular phone into a single device providing users with a true smartphone experience.’