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HTC escalates Apple patent fight with new lawsuit

August 16, 2011 |  8:01 pm


HTC escalated its patent fight with Apple on Tuesday, filing a new lawsuit against the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant that calls for a suspension of sales of iPads, iPhones, iPods and Mac computers.

The Taiwan-based smartphone and tablet maker said in its suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, that a wide range of Apple products infringe on patents it owns covering how devices connect to Wi-Fi networks and other wireless networks, according to Reuters.

HTC's new suit against Apple could be a move to put pressure on its Steve Jobs-run rival to settle an earlier suit filed by Apple against HTC.  The Apple suit alleges that HTC has infringed on patents owned by the iPhone-maker that are older than smartphones themselves. HTC said in July it would be up for negotiations to settle the suit Apple filed against it.


Apple sues HTC charging patent infringement

HTC up for negotiations in Apple patent disputes

Patents in Apple-HTC case filed in 1994 and 1996, before smartphones existed

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Photo: An Apple store employee, right, assists customers Saturday during the opening of a new store in the Conestoga Mall in Waterloo, Canada. Credit: Norm Betts / Bloomberg