HTC files patent counterclaim against Apple

HTC files patent counterclaim against Apple

Summary: Taiwan smartphone maker hits back in U.S. court against Cupertino's patent lawsuit in March, claims MacBooks and iPhones infringe two patents it acquired from Hewlett-Packard, report says.


Taiwan smartphone maker HTC has filed a counterclaim against Apple in a Florida court over a patent infringement claim made by Cupertino in March, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In the report Friday, HTC claimed in its lawsuit that Apple's MacBooks and iPhones infringed two patents it had acquired from Hewlett-Packard last year, related to computer networks and desktop remote control management.

Last week, UK courts had ruled that the Taiwan company did not infringe on four of Apple's European-held patents. It decided three of those four patents were invalid; the only patent that stood related to Apple's photo-management software, but the court found HTC not guilty. The three invalid patents relate to Apple's multi-touch software, alphabet-changing software, and the iPhone and iPad's slide-to-unlock feature.

HTC said in a statement that it "respects innovation and intellectual property rights and will continue to aggressively protect our intellectual property," according to the report.

Topics: Legal, Patents, Smartphones


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  • Good luck HTC

    I hope you win.
    • Right on

      I hope Apple wins, too.
      • Let Them Both Win!

        Let them both win multi-billion-dollar settlements against each other, and get each other's products taken off the market, after which they both go out of business.
  • The only real win

    Would be if software patents were nuked.
    • software patents

      If software patents are "nuked" as you suggest, how will the authors be paid? What is to protect their work?
      • copyright software, not patent

        what if Microsoft patented notepad? they could then file and injunction against every other text editor on the market

        with copyrights, you would be guilty if you replicate the code, not the functionality
  • Who is the first?

    HTC drives!