Taiwan-based HTC sued Apple today, saying the company infringed on three patents with its sale of Macs, iPads, iPods, and iPhones.
According to Reuters, the lawsuit is meant to put a stop to Apple’s importation of infringing products in the US. It also seeks compensation damages, triple damages for willful infringement and other remedies, according to Reuters.
Today’s complaint ratchets up the legal tensions between the two companies. Apple sued HTC for patent infringement for infringing 20 iPhone patents in March of 2010. That lawsuit is ongoing.
HTC’s complaint holds that Apple infringed on two patents which HTC has had since 2008 and 2010.
The lawsuit comes the day after a massive acquisition of HTC’s competitor Motorola by Google. Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola, largely because Motorola had a trove of about 18,000 patents.
A lawsuit like this is the very thing Google hopes that trove of patents will defend against.