HTC Asks ITC to Block iPhone, iPad, iPod Imports Into U.S.

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Apple vs. HTCHTC Corporation announced Tuesday that it has asked the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt all imports of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touches into the U.S. on the basis of what HTC claims is a violation of five of the company’s patents.

“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,” Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation, 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.”

HTC and Apple have been in a legal battle for months, with each company accusing the other of violating several patents relating to touchscreen interfaces and other related technologies involved in smartphones. Both companies have filed lawsuits in U.S. courts, as well as with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This latest filing brings the battle to the ITC, as well.

HTC also recently entered into an agreement with Microsoft to license Big Redmond’s patents following an accusation from Microsoft that HTC’s Android phones violated its patents. It’s been speculated that the licensing agreement was also a defensive move by HTC to help protect itself in its battle with Apple.

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“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71?78

Truer words were never spoken!


Good thing you attributed to him or somebody would have sued you!



Contrary to popular (and, apparently, your) belief, killing the lawyers was not intended to help society but, rather, it was intended to eliminate those who might stand in the way of a contemplated revolution—thus underscoring the important role that lawyers play in society.

Lee Dronick

?The first thing we do, let?s kill all the lawyers.?
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71?78

Truer words were never spoken!

There are good and bad in every profession. There is an ad for a law firm San Diego TV, it may be nationwide, where a client endorses them by saying “They are more than lawyers, they are human beings.” smile


Shakespeare’s Henry VI Act 4 Scene II

I thank you, good people: there shall be no money;
all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will
apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree
like brothers and worship me their lord.

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable
thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should
be made parchment? That parchment, being scribbled
o’er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings:
but I say, ‘tis the bee’s wax; for I did but seal
once to a thing, and I was never mine own man
since. How now! who’s there?


What sort of “prior art” does Apple have with the Newton, I wonder?


If you can’t beat them sue


My name is Sue. How do you do? Now you gonna pay!


You’re a boy named Sue? I guess you have to pay Cash for that.

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