Apple Flexes Legal Muscles At HTC
After successfully delaying the import of two different HTC smartphones last month, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is again forcing legal action to stop the Taiwanese company from selling its Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phones in the country.
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According to Foss Patents, Apple has filed a new petition with the International Trade Commission that contends that HTC remains in violation of the same patents that led to a recent import ban of the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE.
The ITC had ruled in Apple’s favor last December regarding the patent, but had also given HTC four months to change its devices to work around the technology. The Taiwanese company said it had done so, and after a delay and an inspection by the U.S. Customs, two of its new models were allowed in. However, Apple believes that HTC’s “workarounds” continue to violate its “data tapping” patent, and has named as many as 27 other models in its complaint.
Apple is also suing HTC in two German courts: in Munich and Mannheim. The same issue will go to trial in Chicago next week in a case where Google-owned Motorola will try to have the patent declared invalid and to be cleared of infringement charges.
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