Recently, Apple and HTC have been involved in a lawsuit regarding a patent dispute. Today, Bloomberg reports an interesting twist in the on-going patent dispute between Apple and handset manufacturers supporting Google’s Android operating system. The report says that HTC today filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple and modified an earlier complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), using nine patents recently obtained from Google.
The five patents used in the new lawsuit were initially owned by Motorola, but were passed to Google sometime over the past year before being transferred to HTC. Google is currently in the process of attempting to acquire Motorola Mobility.
The nine patents originated with Palm Inc., Motorola Inc. and Openwave Systems Inc., with Google taking ownership within the past year, according to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records. Mountain View, California-based Google recorded transfer of the patents to HTC on Sept. 1, according to the agency’s website.
HTC sued Apple today in federal court in Delaware, claiming infringement of four of those patents that originally were issued to Motorola. Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC also amended a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, alleging infringement of three patents first issued to Openwave and two others originally owned by Palm.
In addition, the other five patents added to the earlier ITC complaint first originated at Palm and Openwave Systems before being acquired by Google. Google transferred those patents to HTC last week. Apple has yet to file a formal complaint against Google regarding the patent, but does have an ongoing infringement case pending against Motorola Mobility on this matter.
These patent disputes seem to get more interesting by the day! *grabs popcorn*