HTC seeks to ban iPhone, iPad sales in U.S.
In a complaint filed with the ITC, HTC accused Apple of infringing five of its patents. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones," said Jason Mackenzie, HTC's Vice President for North America, in a statement.
Earlier this year, Apple has made a legal assault against HTC claiming that the company's Nexus One smartphone, based on Google's Android platform, has violated patents related to the iPhone. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," said Apple's Steve Jobs.
A Financial Times report notes that the lawsuits are likely to increase tension between Apple and Google as they fight for market share in the smartphone market. Figures this week from the NPD Group claim that Google's Android platform overtook Apple to become the second-largest smartphone OS in the US in the first quarter. "This is an inevitable outcome of the iPhone versus Android competitive dynamics," said Jeffrey Hammond, Mobile Analyst at Forrester Research. However, he predicted that the parties would ultimately need to come to a settlement. "It's difficult to see how they're not going to have to cross-license patents for them to all to survive," he added.
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