updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue August 16, 2011
HTC files countersuit versus Apple in US
HTC on Tuesday launched a countering lawsuit against Apple to try and slow a decision. The claim alleges that virtually all Apple hardware violates three patents that were granted between 2008 and 2010. They cover technologies such as a PDA-like interface, the OFDM wireless common to many devices, and modulating orderwires.
Filed in the frequent patent battleground of Delaware, the suit calls for tripled damages due to the "willful" nature of the supposed infringement.
The Taiwan phone maker has already sued Apple before but has largely clung to international courts. Its new complaint is likely an attempt to retaliate for Apple's wins at the ITC, where the trade agency found HTC to be copying two pieces of Apple technology. An appeal is still pending in the ITC case but is far from certain.
With the patents not coming from acquisitions, it lends support to beliefs that HTC's decisions to buy S3 and later Dashwire have had little effect on HTC's ability to defend or attack companies like Apple. Some had speculated that HTC was taking advantage of S3's legal win over Apple to gain an edge.