All over the world, Apple has been launching patent infringement lawsuits at competitors like HTC and Samsung in what seems like a naked attempt to bolster their mobile devices market share. But just after a pair of victories that meant to block the sale of the Android-powered HTC and Samsung device, the tables turned. Typically the punch thrower, Apple must now defend itself in patent infringement lawsuit filed by HTC and against accusations that they doctored images to Samsung devices look more like theirs. And with Google's recent purchase of Motorola Mobility, Apple's lawsuits against Android devices could get much more complicated.
On Tuesday, HTC sued Apple on three counts of patent infringement. Filed in Deleware, the lawsuit called for a halt on the importation of Macs, iPhones, iPads and other devices. These two companies have been at it for a while, now. Two weeks ago, HTC filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United Kingdom, seemingly in response to a mid-July ruling in favor of Apple that called for an import ban on HTC devices in the United States due to two counts of copyright infringement. But the biggest blow came last spring when Apple accused the Google-HTC Nexus phone of infringing on a whopping 20 patents, most of them related to the iPhone interface.