Apple has been suing mobile phone manufacturers left right and center recently, for patent infringements, with a specific focus on HTC and Samsung. The iPhone maker should honor fair-play in the mobile arena rather than exhibit "constant attempts at litigations", responded HTC to Apple's Monday filing with the International Trade Commission seeking to block the import and sale of HTC's devices.
Grace Lei, HTC General Counsel stating that "HTC is disappointed at Apple's constant attempts at litigations instead of competing fairly in the market [and] HTC strongly denies all infringement claims raised by Apple in the past and present and reiterates our determination and commitment to protect our intellectual property rights."
"Sentiment was hit by Apple's fresh legal action as well as heavy losses in the international and regional markets," said Alex Huang, an analyst at Mega International Investment Services.
HTC touts its own brand of smartphones and also makes handsets for a number of leading US companies, including the Nexus One unveiled by Apple rival Google.
Apple in March 2010 called on the ITC to investigate the Taiwan company over iPhone patents. That was followed months later by HTC filing for a probe into possible software patent abuse by the California-based firm.