After recently Apple wanted to block Samsung smartphone imports from the U.S. in a new episode of the saga between the two giants, Cupertino is aiming its guns against Taiwanese manufacturer HTC.
According to a July 8 filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, Apple claims HTC is allegedly infringing five patents related to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens and movement sensors. “HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the marketplace,” said Grace Lei, HTC’s general counsel.
It appears that Apple is now starting a battle against Google itself by pursuing two of the largest manufacturers which are producing smartphones running the Android platform. Strangely enough, the filing doesn’t refer to Samsung’s Windows Phones, the Focus and the Omnia 7 but to the following: HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile myTouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 4G.
Starting the date of filing, July 8, the U.S. International Trade Commission has 30 days to decide whether an investigation is necessary. If necessary and granted, unless HTC modifies the phones accordingly, they could all be banned from the U.S. market.