On March 2 Apple filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the USITC and the US District Court in Delaware.
The USITC is not a court: its administrative law judges conduct trial-type official administrative hearings, and decisions are generally reached much more quickly than in court proceedings.
Jason Mackenzie, HTC's vice president of North America, 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'¦
"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."
Florian Mueller - founder of the European NoSoftwarePatents.com campaign and author of the Foss Patents blog that addresses open source patent issues - told iTWire: "What's missing from HTC's announcement is a lawsuit in the traditional sense of the word, meaning a lawsuit that would be filed with a court.
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