Taiwanese phone Company HTC has turned the table on Apple by slapping them with five patent infringement notices that could halt the sale and importation of the Apple iPhone, iPod and their new iPad into the United States.
The tit for tat action stems from a recent action that Apple took against HTC who make the HTC Desire and phones for Apple arch rival Google. Apple is also being sued by Nokia
In a statement issued last night HTC said that they are suing Apple for infringing five patents.
Details of which technologies the patents relate to has not yet been released, but HTC pointed to its track record working with both the Google Android operating system and Windows Mobile.
Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s vice president of North America, said “As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible. We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”
Apple, Nokia and HTC are now embroiled in a mesh of law suits that analysts estimate could take years to untangle. Google, however, recently began shipping Android with multitouch web-browsing, despite suggestions that the technology was something Apple considered to be its intellectual property.