(The Hosting News) – The battle between Apple and HTC concerning patents continues. Most recently, the U.S. International Trade Commission announced that it will investigate Apple’s second complaint against HTC, according to the commission’s site.
This is the second time that Apple has accused the Taiwanese-based mobile developer of violating different patents pertaining to its mobile technology. It was reported early last month that Apple was indeed filing the second complaint which centers around various patents mostly related to touch-screen functionality.
In July, the U.S. International Trade Commission found HTC in violation of copyright law concerning Apple’s first complaint. While that ruling was preliminary, it still didn’t bode well for HTC. A final ruling could block HTC from selling its products in some areas.
Concerning Apple’s first complaint against HTC, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated, “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.”
Meanwhile, HTC has defended itself against the accusations of patent infringement and the company planned to appeal July’s ITC ruling. HTC is notable for having sold the first mobile device to run on Android Mobile, the HTC Dream (which was released in 2008).
Apple’s battle with HTC is just one fight between companies concerning mobile patents. Another recent instance involves Google & Microsoft, although the two giants, (unlike Apple and HTC) haven’t accused one another of violations. Earlier this month, David Drummond, Google’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer criticized companies such as Apple and Microsoft for “a hostile, organized campaign against Android.”
Drummond went on to say this was being done by the companies’ acquisitions of patents from the likes of Novell and Nortel. Meanwhile, Microsoft responded by stating Google turned down an offer to jointly bid on Novell patents.
In the recent past, top companies have sought patents as a way to compete by adding new features to their mobile technologies.