HTC Returns Fire, Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

HTC Corporation has gone on the offensive today and is taking legal action against Apple. Today found the handset maker filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in an effort to halt iPhone, iPad and iPod imports into the US.

“As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

According to the press release, HTC believes Apple infringes upon five of their patents. As to what they are, we don’t quite know. More on this as it develops.

Buckle up kids, this could be a fun ride!

PS – Does anyone else find it ironic that a company with the tagline “Quietly Brilliant” has decided to issue a press release about this?

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  1. matthewdlyons
    May 12, 18:45 Reply

    No irony to me. "Quietly" does not = quiet. I take it more to suggest understated, less in your face.

    That aside, it will be interesting to see the particular patents it alleges Apple infringed upon.

  2. kevebridge
    May 12, 18:53 Reply

    Ironic maybe, but I don't blame them. They don't benefit from the same cult/fanboy following that Apple does. Without a press release or some official statement, it would likely take a lot longer to disseminate through the masses…

  3. Rich
    May 12, 20:52 Reply

    They are gaining a cult following all of their own now though, and they partly have Apple to thank for making them the underdog. I, (and several of my friends) love my HTC Hero, and watch very closely at new HTC phones when they come out – wouldn't buy anything else now. Hope this all ends badly for Apple :)

  4. Bob
    May 12, 21:11 Reply

    Glad that HTC are fighting back. Apple is the evil of this world with their draconian inconsistent rules. Go HTC!!

  5. R. Epps
    May 12, 23:23 Reply

    Apple is resorting the the same tactics Microsoft used in the past.
    Sue your competitors so you can keep your market share.

    It's obvious that Google (in conjunction with HTC, MOTO, Samsung and LG) are making a better experience.
    Apple's only resort is to sue for leverage. They no longer make the cool handset.

    Let's see who has the dominant market share this time next year.

    Go HTC.
    Go Google.

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