Apple is continuing its battle against HTC, and this time the International Trade Commission, or the ITC, is reviewing five patent complaints from the iPhone maker. According to Reuters, Apple is claiming that HTC “HTC infringed five patents related to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens and movement sensors.”
In June, the ITC found that HTC was infringing on two Apple patents out of the 10 brought against it by the iPhone maker. If these proceedings work in Apple’s favor, HTC may be facing an import ban on its Android products, which are essentially its bread and butter. Google has said that it will defend and support its hardware partners, and has accused Apple, not without irony, that it is bent on suing its competitors rather than innovating.
Meanwhile, HTC says that it will challenge or make an appeal to last month’s findings, and will continue to defend its own technologies and products. However, the Taiwanese company is also open to the possibility of a settlement with Apple, hoping that the iPhone maker will come to an agreement or possibly a licensing deal.
What do you think? Is Apple fair and only protecting its patents and technologies, or is it using this as an opportunity to attack its competitors? Let us know what you think!