HTC Sues Apple – With Google’s Patents

In an interesting twist on the bitter patents wars taking

place among technology companies at the moment, HTC has filed another lawsuit

against Apple – but this time based on patents acquired from Google.

On 16 August HTC filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming infringement of three of

its patents. Now the Taiwanese company has filed a further lawsuit involving

nine patents, all of which were acquired from Google just one week ago.

HTC, the world’s fifth largest smartphone manufacturer, amended

its existing complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and US

District Court of Delaware against Apple over three patent infringements.

It also filed an additional case in Delaware alleging patent infringement by

Apple’s iOS devices and Mac computers.

HTC Apple Patents Google

The interesting aspect of this case however is that the patents

came from Google less than a week ago. A lot of questions still have to be

answered about the deal. Did HTC pay Google for the patents or is the Mountain View company subsidising the legal

defence of one of Android’s OEMs?

It is also necessary to ask why Google didn’t sue Apple

itself, preferring it seems to do so through one of its Android partners.

With the purchase of Motorola mainly for the purpose of acquiring patents

according to Google, the company seems to be bolstering itself for a major

battle with Apple.

“HTC will continue to protect its patented inventions

against infringement from Apple until such infringement stops. We believe that

we have an obligation to protect our business, our industry partners and our

customers, who love using our products,” said Grace Lei, General Counsel of HTC.

In response to the latest move from HTC, Apple said: “We think competition is healthy, but competitors

should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

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