Taiwanese Â smartphone Â maker Â HTC Â has filed a lawsuit against Â Apple, accusing the tech giant of infringing its patents. Â HTC has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of Apple products because they infringed on three of the Taiwanese company’s wireless-technology patents.
Apple needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its products. We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC products, Â HTC General Counsel Grace Lei said in a statement. ÂCompetitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours, Â said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, retaliating to the accusations made by HTC.
The company Â also seeks compensatory damages, triple damages for willful infringement, and other remedies.
The action Â follows an announcement Â by the Â US International Trade Commission (USITC) that said it will launch a probe into claims that HTC infringed portable communications patents held by Apple, a complaint that was first issued in July. Apple filed action against HTC over patents related to portable communications devices, such a user interfaces.