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updated 02:20 pm EDT, Wed May 12, 2010

HTC calls on ITC to freeze Apple sales

(Updated with infringement details) HTC today fired back at Apple by asking the International Trade Commission to ban imports of the iPad, iPhone and iPod into the US. The move is in direct response to Apple's lawsuit from March and claiming that Apple handhelds violate five patents. HTC's North American VP Jason Mackenzie treated the request as a defense, hinting that it was also to protect carriers and OS makers like Google.

"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," Mackenzie said. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."

The response further complicates Apple's relationship to other handset makers and potentially escalates the conflict between the iPhone and the Android platform. Although Apple's lawsuit also covers some Windows Mobile devices, it's widely considered a proxy war against Google by attempting to ban or get royalties from Android's single largest partner.

Update: Despite HTC's frequent claims about being a pioneer in touch, the patents have no relation to touch interface. Two focus on power management on smartphones and portable handheld devices, while the remaining three revolve around telephone dialers with personalized, quick-access contact
lists. One of the patents, 7,716,505, was only just granted on Tuesday and may have been an impetus for the lawsuit.


By Electronista Staff


  1. sammaffei

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    Yeah... that'll happen.

  1. Norrin Radd

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    And the only winners again are.......

    (drumroll...........) The lawyers! If only we'd listened to Shakespeare.

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  1. thebiggfrogg

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    plop plop c'sploooooosh

    poopies stinkies

  1. coffeetime

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    HTC is a commie! Ban others to gain their own advantage.

  1. B9bot

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    They don't mention what they are?

    Notice they don't mention what they are? What patents? Apple's got 200 on the iPhone alone, don't know how many on the iPod. HTC isn't going to win.

  1. testudo

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    Re: They don't mention

    What do you mean? They're all listed in the original complaint. You want them to keep listing them over and over again?

    And Apple doesn't have 200 patents. More likely they have 200 patents pending (it takes so long to get a patent approved, one wonders how some of the c*** gets through).

    But your argument seems to be "Apple's got 10 times as many patents as HTC claim infringe, thus Apple will win!" which makes no sense.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    gargantua poopies. gigantor stinkies! Testudo!

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    Tidy Bowl Man...


  1. Darchmare

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    Gotta love...

    ...what passes for thoughtful discourse on this site.

  1. thebiggfrogg

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    got that right! Props!

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