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HTC Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

As reported by Reuters, smartphone maker HTC is suing Apple claiming infringement of three patents owned by the company. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, relates to patents allegedly infringed by Apple with its Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and "other products". Details are scarce right now -- we're sure Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents is already looking into this -- but the Taiwan-based company is seeking a ban on the infringing products in the United States, plus "triple damages for willful infringement, and other remedies".

In July, Apple filed an ITC complaint against HTC, looking to block the sale of several HTC products infringing Apple's patents -- that was the second complaint against HTC, as Apple was apparently looking for "a second try" with stronger patents, according to Florian Mueller.

We will update this post with more news and details on HTC's lawsuit as they become available.

MacRumors details the patents addressed by the lawsuit:

7,765,414: Circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system
7,672,219: Multipoint-to-point communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
7,417,944: Method for orderwire modulation

Apple first sued HTC back in March, with an International Trade Commission judge finding HTC guilty of infringing on two of Apple patents in July -- one of them, patent 5,946,647, said to be "fundamental" to the Android platform. HTC is however arguing they have a "strong case" against Apple's claims, and said they will appeal the ITC ruling.

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