HTC on Tuesday responded to Apple’s new round of patent infringement claims by dismissing them publicly and suggesting that Apple should focus on competing in the mobile market instead of suing all of its competitors. Apple filed a new patent complaint with the International Trade Commission earlier this week that asked the Commission to block the import and sale of HTC’s mobile devices that it claims infringe on Apple patents. The move was the latest in a series of complaints filed by each company against the other over the past 16 months. “HTC is disappointed at Apple’s constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market,” HTC general counsel Grace Lei said of Apple’s latest filing. “HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights.” HTC has consistently denied Apple’s claims of IP infringement since Apple filed its first claim in March 2010, and an ITC lawyer said earlier this year that siding with HTC in this series patent disputes would be best for the public. More →
Apple on Monday filed a new patent complaint with the International Trade Commission looking to block the sale of several HTC devices it claims infringe on Apple patents, Bloomberg reports. Apple recently filed a similar complaint with the ITC looking to block the sale of several Samsung smartphones and tablets that Apple feels copy the iPhone and iPad. The move was the latest in an ongoing legal battle between Samsung and Apple surrounding multiple patent disputes. Apple’s patent disputes with HTC date back even further, however — Apple first filed a patent complaint against against the Taiwan-based smartphone maker early in 2010. HTC responded by denying claims that it was infringing on Apple patents, and the company later filed a countersuit in May 2010 alleging that Apple was in fact infringing on five of its patents. An ITC lawyer said earlier this year that siding with HTC in the patent disputes was best for the public, but today’s filing suggests that Apple is undeterred by the lawyer’s recent comments.