HTC today took legal action against Apple, filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
"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."
HTC's action was expected after Apple filed a patent infringement
against the company in March. Back then Apple CEO
Steve Jobs had said: "We can sit by and watch competitors
steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about
it. We've decided to do something about it," said Steve
Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We think competition is healthy, but
competitors should create their own original technology,
not steal ours."
Apple's move against HTC was seen as a proxy for an attack
on Google, since HTC makes smartphones based on Google's
Android software, which has gained ground on Apple's
Apple has also sued Nokia
in late last year,
responding to a lawsuit
against the company by Nokia. Apple claims that Nokia is
infringing 13 Apple patents.
Nokia's lawsuit, filed in October, claimed that Apple
infringed on 10 of its patents covering both phone calls
and Wi-Fi access.
Both suits were filed in federal court in Delaware.