HTC Files Patent Complaint Against Apple, Asks for Ban on iPhone, iPad, and iPod


We’d been wondering how and when HTC would respond to Apple’s patent lawsuit, and here we go: the Taiwanese phone manufacturer just filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, asking for importation and sales of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod be halted due to alleged infringement of five patents. ITC complaints like this are pretty familiar territory — you’ll recall that Nokia and Apple have both asked for similar bans in their lawsuit against each other, for example — but the interesting wrinkle here is that HTC apparently hasn’t filed a corresponding federal lawsuit. We’ll see if that’s the next step for HTC down the line — for now, we’re digging into what patents are involved in the ITC complaint, so stay tuned.

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