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Google Asks ITC to Not Impose a Ban on HTC Smartphones; Cites Possible Monopoly by Apple

Google defends Android partner HTC in its patent dispute with iPad maker Apple.

In a filing made to the US International Trade Commission, Google stated that banning HTC smartphones in the US could affect market competition.

The company has asked the ITC to rethink the possibility of a ban on HTC phones even if the Taiwanese company is found guilty of violating Apple patents. Google also wants the ITC to block Apple’s move to get a injunction order against HTC in the United States.

“Apple is the largest seller of mobile computing devices in the U.S. Allowing this supplier to eliminate the competition from a fast-moving maverick competitor (HTC) could drive up prices, diminish service, decrease consumers’ access to the technology and reduce innovation,” as stated in the filing by Google.

“Eliminating all of the major Android device manufacturers from the U.S. — as Apple is attempting — would allow Apple to establish a virtual monopoly in the mobile device industry,” the company argues.

This is the first time Google has actively participated in a lawsuit filed by Apple against one its Android partners. Apple is currently battling HTC and Samsung over alleged patent violation.