HTC Battles Apple Over Patents

Asia’s second largest smartphone maker HTC is all set to wage a new patent war against the rival Apple Inc., according to new reports.

Apparently, the new battle was trigged by the Android maker Google when it sold 9 patents to HTC, which the smartphone maker is now using to drag Cupertino into the court.

Google had purchased those nine patents almost a year back in 2010, and according to the US Patent and Trademark office records, four of those belonged to Motorola, three to Openwave Systems Inc. while the rest two belonged to Palm Inc. Google however, did not disclose the reason it sold the patents to HTC.

HTC on the other hand, has a richer arsenal now to give a tit for tat response to Apple who has been suing a handful of Android powered products alleging them of breaching Apple’s patents- Samsung’s Galaxy tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and a range of other products being the perfect example of this trend.

“That’s a bit of a game-changer. Google was interested in protecting its licensees with Android. It shows they need to support their customers in order to make sure the customers stick with them,” said Will Stofega, a technology analyst at Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC, Bloomberg reports.