Californian company says Taiwanese rival has now used 25 of its patents to gain success in the smartphone market
Apple has filed a complaint against Taiwanese manufacturer HTC with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) over patent infringements.
California based Apple says HTC – which currently holds 17.7 per cent of the UK smartphone market – is in violation of five of its patents.
These relate to software architecture and user interfaces in portable electronic devices, hardware for touch screens, and movement sensors on its iPhone devices Apple says.
Last year Apple filed another complaint against HTC accusing it of infringing on a further 20 of its patents.
HTC has denied any wrongdoing and HTC general counsel Grace Lei says the company is “dismayed” at Apple’s stance.
“HTC is dismayed that Apple has resorted to competition in the courts rather than the market place,” Lei said.
Apple is also involved in a patent row with Samsung. Both companies say their handset designs and smartphone technology have been illegally used by the other.