HTC files patent infringement case against Apple

HTC seeks a ban on importation and sale of a range of Apple products including Macs, iPhones and iPads

HTC has filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly infringing on three patents, the latest in the legal battle raging between the companies.

In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on Monday, HTC is seeking damages and a ban on sale and importation of infringing Apple products in the U.S., according to court documents. HTC is alleging that Apple is infringing on its patents in a range of products that include Macintosh computers, the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV.

HTC accused Apple of violating patent 7,765,414, patent 7,672,219 and patent 7,417,944, which are tied to communication between systems and wireless devices.

This is the latest lawsuit between the companies in an ongoing patent dispute as the companies try to gain an upper hand in the mobile device market. Apple has filed multiple lawsuits against HTC, including a suit in March last year for allegedly infringing on 20 patents. HTC and Apple have also exchanged patent infringement complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

HTC is also bulking up its intellectual property portfolio. Last month, it announced plans to acquire graphics chip maker S3 Graphics from Via Technologies for US$300 million. HTC will get S3 Graphics' portfolio of 235 patents and pending applications, including many related to graphics. On July 1, an ITC judge ruled that Apple infringed on some S3 Graphics graphics patents.

HTC's lawsuit was filed the same day Google entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility for about US$12.5 billion. Neither Apple nor HTC officials immediately responded to requests for comment.

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