Last week on July 8th, Apple has filed a second patent-infringing complaint against HTC with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block imports of "personal electronic devices" by the Taiwanese phonemaker.
Apple has been using the ITC to go after makers of mobile devices that run Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
A judge is scheduled to issue a decision in that case on Aug. 5. Those findings are subject to review by the full commission, which can block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents.
In its first complaint against HTC in March 2010, Apple stated that they were suing the Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer for infringing on 20 Apple iPhone patents.
Just two months later, HTC counter-suied Apple in May 2010, saying that the company had infringed on five HTC patents. Finding on that case are to be presented on September 16.
HTC's general counsel Grace Lei said in a statement that "HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place," Meanwhile, Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet asked the press to refer to an earlier statement about HTC, which said that "competitors should create their own technology and not steal Apple's."
The new complaint is In the Matter of Portable Electronic Devices and Related Software, Complaint NO. 2828, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington). Apple's earlier case against HTC is In the Matter of Certain Personal Data and Mobile Communications Devices and Related Software, and the HTC case against Apple is In the Matter of Portable Electronic Devices, 337-721, both ITC.