LONDON -- HTC Corp. (Taoyuan, Taiwan), maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), 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.
HTC alleges Apple is infringing five patents held by HTC.
The suit is part of a series being zinged between leading players in the mobile electronic equipment market. Apple sued HTC in March 2010, alleging infringement of some 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.
Earlier this week mobile phone vendor Nokia Oy (Espoo, Finland) announced it has filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that the Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five Nokia patents.
"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 for HTC, in a statement. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."