What, you didn’t think HTC was going to just sit and twiddle its thumbs while Apple was suing it, did you? Late this afternoon, HTC announced it has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the infringement of five of its patents. The specific patents involved in the suit were not divulged, but we do know HTC is asking the ITC to stop the importation and sale of the iPad, iPhone and iPod in the States. HTC’s Jason Mackenzie, had this to say:
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. We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.â€ť
Apple has yet to publicly respond to the lawsuit.