HTC sues Apple using Google patents (USA)
HTC Corp has filed a third lawsuit against the iPhone maker, Apple Inc. using the nine patents obtained from Google a week ago. As per reports, HTC has lodged its complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming that Apple has violated four HTC patents, which originally belonged to Motorola. Reports suggest that the lawsuit filed by HTC accuses Apple of infringing patents across a range of products and services including the Mac computer, iPhone, iPod, iPad, iCloud and iTunes.
This lawsuit is not the only legal battle taking place in the mobile world. Apple had earlier sued HTC for infringing on 20 patents related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. Apple has also been involved in a legal tussle with South Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics, claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S2 had copied the design and look of Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. Samsung had counter-sued Apple claiming that the US based company had violated Samsung’s wireless patents.
Analysts suggest that with the phenomenal increase in demand for smartphones and tablets, these manufacturers have been using legal battles as a means of competition in order to delay rival companies from launching their products in the market.