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Apple Slaps HTC With Second ITC Complaint

A new legal broadside in Apple’s intellectual property battle with HTC. Cupertino has filed another complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking a ban on the import of “portable electronic devices and related software” made by its Taiwanese rival.

This is the second ITC complaint Apple has lodged against HTC, who it has accused of infringing some 20 patents related to the iPhone’s graphical user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The latest complaint hasn’t yet been made public, so it’s not entirely clear what Apple’s up to here. That said, it’s likely to be bolstering its original argument with additional patents, following an April ITC staff recommendation that its allegations against HTC be dismissed. And, of course, it’s another broad warning to the industry. If you’re bringing a new smartphone to market, you had better make damn sure it doesn’t infringe on Apple’s IP.

As Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a press release announcing its first suit against HTC: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

In a statement, HTC slagged Apple for the sudden escalation of hostilities between them.

“HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place,” said general council Grace Lei. “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.”

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