HTC countersues Apple

Taiwan’s popular HTC Corporation, maker of things which it wants us to think are desirable and sensational, is continuing its patent mini-war with fruity Apple.

It has filed three patent complaints against Apple in the US District Court of Delaware which it claims are infringed in the Mac and on iOS devices, including the iPod.

Grace Lei, general counsel at HTC, said in a statement: “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones. This is the 3rd 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.”

This is a case of tit for tat. Since Apple launched its assault on Cher Wang and her phone group, HTC has said it’s prepared to go all the way to fight Cupertino to the bitter end.

Two of the patents in question, which are 7,417,944 and 7,672,219 relate to multiplexing and ways a device can communicate with a host unit. What is interesting is that reports are HTC bought patents from ADC as early as April this year.

A total cynic would conjure up the idea HTC soothsaw trouble on the way and defensively bought up patents for the sole purpose of counter attacking Apple before all the turds made their way to a fan, but we’re sure it wasn’t like that…

A third patent, 7,765,414, was invented in Taiwan by HTC and relates to making a PDA and wireless communications system work properly together. 

TechEye guesses the high-profile patent trolls will continue to bite at each other’s ankles until some kind of agreement surfaces, or their legs are bloodied stumps and one side bleeds out.