HTC uses Google patents to attack Apple


Taiwanese smartphone maker seeks ban on imports of Apple products in ongoing patent dispute with iPhone maker

HTC has used patents received from Google to bolster a law suit against Apple.

The Taiwanese smartphone maker claims that Apple products including iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, and iPods infringe three patents it holds.

It is seeking damages and a block on imports of Apple products into the US.

HTC has brought nine patents from Google, at least some of which are thought to have come from Google’s acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion last month.

HTC general counsel Grace Lei said: “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC products.”

Google has said it will use the more than 17,000 patents and 7,000 patent applications held by Motorola to help defend manufacturer partners who use Android from patent suits.

Apple has already won one patent suit against HTC, though HTC has said it will appeal the decision.

HTC is also known to be paying Microsoft around $5 for every handset it sells using the Android operating system.