Looks like it's open season in mobile county. Hot on the heels of Nokia suing Apple, HTC has taken legal action against the Cupertino company for five patent infringements in the iPhone, iPad and iPod.
If this is all sounding rather familiar, it's because Apple launched its own lawsuit against HTC back in March, asserting that HTC had violated a whole 20 patents surrounding the iPhone's user interface and hardware.
Now HTC is claiming Apple has infringed on patents to do with the phonebook and power management features. And its official line goes a little like Apple's:
"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."
Jason Mackenzie, vice-president of HTC's North American operations said, "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."
Worried if this will affect your purchase of an iPad or that incoming iPhone 4G? Well, it's unlikely any products will actually be pulled from market. According to Computer Weekly, US analysts have dismissed the complaint as a tactic to delay Apple's case against HTC.
However, industry watchers have also said it will increase the tension between Apple and Google as the two American tech giants fight for control of the smartphone market.