Google, Motorola Deal Further Complicates Smartphone Patent Battle

Lora Bentley

HTC is suing Apple again, according to SlashGear. The two companies have been entangled in litigation over mobile device patents for more than a year now. The new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Delaware, alleges that several Apple devices infringe three patents, two of which HTC recently acquired along with ADC Technologies in the spring.


The company wants triple damages for willful infringement, as well as to block the import and sale of infringing devices in the U.S., the story says. The move came one day after Google announced its intention to acquire Motorola Mobility, and not long after an International Trade Commission judge issued a preliminary ruling that HTC devices violate two patents Apple is asserting in the dispute.


The Google, Motorola merge - if it happens - will certainly complicate things for HTC, as well as any other non-Google handset makers that use the Android platform. But along with Motorola, Google will also inherit a new raft of litigation, as CNET illustrated with this nifty infographic. In fact, the merger may finally pit Google and Apple directly against each other in the battle for smartphone patent dominance.


As a coworker said earlier today, "This is only going to get more interesting." Stay tuned.

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