Aug, 16 2011

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has filed an infringement suit against Cupertino, California-based Apple with a court a US District Court in Delaware, of all places. The smartphone manufacturer is accusing the computer giant of stepping on the toes of three patents with their Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, and iPhones. The lawsuit seeks to ban the sale of Apple’s products in the US. While the specific patents haven’t been discussed, HTC says they have been granted between 2008 and 2010.

The new suit comes as a response to several Apple has filed against HTC over the past two years, and is part of a recent rash of lawsuits making headlines in the smartphone industry. Apple is currently tied up in legal disputes with various Android partners including Samsung, while Google has been on the defensive against the likes of Oracle. The recent acquisition of Motorola by Google provides a strong patent portfolio to help defend the Android ecosystem.

[via Reuters]

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