updated 10:55 am EDT, Wed June 23, 2010
Apple claims HTC violates two more patents
Apple has expanded on its original lawsuit against HTC by suing it again for additional patent claims. In addition to two patents already included in the original complaint but re-submitted due to errors, two previously unmentioned patents have now been factored in. The new suit adds patents covering the concept of adapting the UI to real-time display changes; the modified patents involve the slide-to-unlock motion as well as a power management technique for processors.
The expansion reinforces Apple's intent to clamp down on HTC, which many believe is ultimately a proxy target the company is using to get at Google and curb the growth of Android. The Droid Incredible, Evo 4G, Nexus One and other most important Android phones are all made by HTC, and a successful lawsuit or an ITC trade ban could force HTC to pay royalties to keep doing business
HTC has already countered Apple with complaints of its own, likely in an attempt to force a settlement before any trade ban could take effect. [via PriorSmart]