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HTC retaliates against Apple lawsuit with lawsuit of its own

HTC is suing Apple. Does this sound familiar? Of course it does, because Apple already has a suit out against HTC and now the Taiwanese handset manufacturer is playing like for like.

HTC has filed a complaint, requesting a stop to the import and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States, based on five HTC patents allegedly infringed by Apple products.

The patents in question are all related to the address book and power management – and many industry watchers suggest this action is simply retaliation for the lawsuit Apple lodged against HTC back in March.

HTC’s official statement from Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC North America reads: “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. We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

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