By Ayinde O. Chase

HTC has initiated a lawsuit against Apple again, this time in a Delaware district court for infringing on several patents that cover Apple's entire product line.

According to the filing, HTC wants damages as well as attorney fees and costs and has asked the court to ban Apple from making, selling, or importing any infringing devices in the United States.

The complaint specifically centers on three patents, two of which were granted last year and one that was granted in 2008.

"We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones," said Grace Lei, general counsel for HTC Corp. "This is the third case before the ITC in which Apple is infringing our intellectual property. Apple needs to stop its infringement of our patented inventions in its products."

The patents at issue cover a range of functionality embodied in Apple's Mac computer and mobile devices that are essential to user experience.

Specifically, they surround circuit and operating methods for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communicating systems; multipoint-to-point communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing; and a method for orderwire modulation.

This is just the most recent legal volley the two tech companies have exchanged in their ongoing patent dispute as the companies try to gain an upper hand in the mobile device market. Apple has filed numerous lawsuits against HTC, including one in March last year for allegedly infringing on 20 patents.


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