HTC calls for ban of iPhone and iPad

HTC has retaliated against Apple's moves to sue the company by filing its own suit against the maker of the iPhone and the iPad.

"HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States", the company has said in a statement all guns blazing.

The statement continues:

“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 adds. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones”.

The tune has changed since the company's first comments in March that was simply that "HTC disagrees with Apple’s decision and would like to reiterate their commitment to innovation".

HTC, who've taken over a month to respond to Apple is clearly readying itself for a fight rather than just rolling over and submitting straight away.

Back in March HTC said that it disagreed "with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself" and that it "strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible”. 

Fight?

The statement in full: 

"HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States".

“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,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation. “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’s commitment to innovation has continued for more than a decade as it has focused on building a portfolio of the world’s most advanced smartphones that are inspired by consumers and provide them with a variety of choices in software, design, form-factor, price and wireless carrier. Today, consumers in the United States can choose between 12 HTC smartphones with the national wireless carriers.  HTC has continuously strived to bring innovative smartphone choices to consumers, like the recently unveiled HTC EVO 4G with Sprint, DROID Incredible by HTC with Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 with T-Mobile.  For more information on HTC’s long-standing commitment to consumers innovation and choice go to: www.htc.com/quietlybrilliant".

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