WAR: HTC files request to stop Apple selling iPhone, iPad and iPod in the US

IT IS WAR!

The latest bomb dropped in the Apple vs HTC legal battle has been delivered by HTC, which has filed a stunning request with US regulatory body the International Trade Commission demanding Apple stops “the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.”

Amazing. Imagine that. Here’s the full text of the announcement. It’s a blinder.

HTC Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Complaint outlines five HTC patents infringed by Apple products

SEATTLE, May 12 — HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.

“As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation. “We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones.”

HTC’s commitment to innovation has continued for more than a decade as it has focused on building a portfolio of the world’s most advanced smartphones that are inspired by consumers and provide them with a variety of choices in software, design, form-factor, price and wireless carrier. Today, consumers in the United States can choose between 12 HTC smartphones with the national wireless carriers. HTC has continuously strived to bring innovative smartphone choices to consumers, like the recently unveiled HTC EVO 4G with Sprint, DROID Incredible by HTC with Verizon Wireless and the HTC HD2 with T-Mobile. For more information on HTC’s long-standing commitment to consumers innovation and choice go to: www.htc.com/quietlybrilliant

We suspect this is a classic “counter-sue” scenario, with HTC hoping to encourage Apple to surrender its own legal case against HTC by making its own threats. Incredible scenes.

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