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Apple accuses HTC of iPhone tech theft

Lawsuit launched

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Apple has begun legal proceedings against HTC, alleging the Taiwanese phone manufacturer has used iPhone technology without its say-so.

The Mac maker claimed HTC has infringed almost two dozen of its patents, all touching on the iPhone's UI, underlying software architecture and the hardware design.

Apple filed a complaint about the matter with the Delaware US District Court - known for its reputation for taking a dim view of patent infringement if successfully proven - and the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Getting the ITC on the case is widely seen by litigious companies as a way of accelerating the judgement process. If the ITC adjudicates in Apple's favour, it can seek a ban on the import of HTC handsets, and the iPhone maker's case is considerably strengthened in the court case. Generally, the ITC takes less time to rule on such a case than the US court system does.

Apple is already engaged in legal combat with Nokia - both firms claim each nicked the other's phone technology - and Kodak. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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