updated 01:20 pm EDT, Tue July 12, 2011
Phone maker responds to attempted product ban
Apple is resorting to "constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market," according to HTC general counsel Grace Lei, quoted by AFP. "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," a statement from Lei concludes. The quote comes in response to a new International Trade Commission complaint Apple filed on Monday.
If successful, the complaint could theoretically see HTC products banned from sale. Such bans are rarely imposed on major corporations though, and Apple faces a potential ban on iPhone and iPad sales as a result of an earlier complaint by HTC. A more likely outcome is a lesser ruling or a settlement between the two parties.
Apple's interest in pursuing lawsuits against HTC and Samsung is thought to be related to stemming the tide of Google's Android platform. While iOS devices continue to be extremely successful, Android has become almost de facto for other phone and tablet makers. Google has already overtaken Apple in some metrics, and others may follow.