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HTC Continues Patent War, Seeks Ban on Apple

In a turn around, world’s fifth largest Smartphone maker HTC has filed a lawsuit against Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. accusing the company of infringing upon two of its patent to develop devices.

According to The Financial Times, Taipei, Taiwan-based HTC has sued Apple Inc. in the U.S. District Court of Delaware to seek ban on the import of Apple’s devices including Mac, iPhone, iPod, and iPad. HTC has alleged that Apple has infringed upon two of its patents to develop its major line of products.

"This is the third case before the ITC in which Apple is infringing our intellectual property. Apple needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its products,” general counsel for HTC, Grace Lei said in a statement.

The company has demanded injunction on import of Apple’s devices in the United States along with compensation amounting to nearly three times the normal damages citing planned infringement by Apple Inc. Apple has been accused of violating patent 7,765,414, patent 7,672,219 and patent 7,417,944 to develop wireless connectivity between multiple devices or processors and multiplexing.

HTC is on a spree to enhance its patent portfolio after being indulged in several patent infringement case over last few months. The company has already acquired S3 Graphics with rights to around 235 patents.

None of the companies have responded to the various requests for comments on the case.