And so the patent wars continue, as HTC today has announced that it will countersue Apple for infringing on five of their patents. This latest bit of patent flinging comes as a response to Apple’s original suit back in March challenging HTC for violating over 20 of the iPhone-maker’s patents, a case that attacks Google and Android through its handset manufacturers rather than directly. The exact patents in question are yet to surface, but HTC is calling for “the United States International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.”
This latest bit of legal wrangling comes after HTC reached an undisclosed settlement with Microsoft concerning intellectual property, a case that some claimed would actually strengthen HTC’s position in their fight against Apple. Google has also thrown their weight behind HTC. If anything, we are in for pretty drawn-out legal skirmish.
In preparation for the coming lawsuit, HTC released this video to let you know just how “quietly brilliant” they have been for the past few years: