Apple claimed that HTC is trespassing five of its patents, from movement sensors to hardware for touch screens.
Apple claims HTC is infringing five patents related to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens and movement sensors, according to the complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. The complaint filed July 8 is the second Apple has filed against Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC.
Although this isn’t the first time Apple has used International Trade Commission to attack its smartphone and tablet arrivals, with Samsung also recently feeling the full force of Apple’s legal team.
Both Samsung and HTC are blamed of replicating hardware and software currently used by Apple’s own iPhone 4, with Samsung’s Galaxy S line coming in special spotlight.
Apple, which has accused competitors of “widespread imitation,” also has patent battles at the trade agency with Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., both makers of Android-based phones. The Samsung complaint targets both the Galaxy phone and Galaxy tablet computer.
Many see Apple taking the battle to courts, when it’s contended that they should be taking the shelves by offering new, innovative smartphone.
Despite all this, Taiwan-based HTC are not taking the claims lightly. Grace Lei, HTC’s General Counsel said
HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the marketplace. HTC continues to vehemently deny all of Apple’s past and present claims against it and will continue to protect and defend its own intellectual property as it has already done this year.
Apple continuously seeks that HTC be banned from selling smartphones in the US but everyone knows that it will keep running once and for all.