The war of the patents continues as HTC filed another lawsuit against Apple with the United States District Court of Delaware for infringing three of its patents, and seeking to halt the sale of Apple products within the US. HTC states that the patents are related to Apple’s Mac computers, iPhones and iPads.
The three patents that are charged against Apple were acquired by HTC in 2008 and 2010, which cover –
- 7,765,414, “Circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system”
- 7,672,219, “Point-to-point communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing”
- 7,417,944, “Method for orderwire modulation”
HTC wants triple damages for willful infringement as well as attorney fees and costs, and has appealed the U.S. court to stop Apple from selling or importing any infringing devices in the United States.
The two companies have been in legal combats for months now. Earlier in March, Apple sued HTC for infringement of 20 different patents related to the hardware, architecture and interface of iPhone, some of which were dated as far back as 1995 while some are as recent as February 2nd of this year.
HTC was found guilty of infringing by the U.S. International Trade Commissions on two of Apple’s patents in July. Apple has several lawsuits filed in Delaware against HTC, however HTC said that it will appeal the ITC ruling and contends that is has a strong case against Apple.
In the ongoing wars of the patents, Google was forced to buy the mobile division of Motorola for $12.5 billion, since Google has a much smaller patent portfolio than its opponents Apple, Microsoft and Oracle. This will lead Google to add 17,000 more patents to its current patent portfolio, which it can use to defend against allegations of infringement. However, it isn’t going to help Google much in fighting Oracle’s Java patent infringement lawsuit, which is due to begin trial in October.