Apple is doubling down on its legal assault against HTC.
Citing the U.S. International Trade Commission Web site, the Foss Patents blog reported
today that Apple has filed a second complaint against HTC. Targeted in the complaint are more than a dozen Android smartphones and its Flyer tablet.
According to Foss, Apple is claiming that five patents are being illegally used, including one used for scrolling operations, another for programmable tactile touch-screen displays, and one for a double-sided touch-sensitive panel, all of which are used in another complaint against Samsung.
The other relates to the ability to scroll, zoom, and rotate content on a screen, while the last references "portable computers."
Apple wasn't immediately available to comment on the complaint.
HTC expressed its disappointment with the further legal entanglement.
HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place," said Grace Lei, general counsel for the company. "HTC continues to vehemently deny all of Apple's past and present claims against it and will continue to protect and defend its own intellectual property as it has already done this year."
HTC has had success with its early embrace of the Android mobile operating system and was the first company that Apple targeted legally in regard to Android. When Apple filed its first complaint and a parallel lawsuit in March, Apple alleged that HTC was illegally using 20 patents related to the iPhone. … Read more