Following up on Monday's news that Apple had filed a complaint against HTC with the International Trade Commission (ITC), ultimately seeking to bar the import and sale of devices such as the HTC EVO 3D, HTC shot back on Tuesday in a brief statement to investors.
Stating that they were "dismayed by Apple's new round of litigation" that follows a similar complaint filed in 2010, spokesperson Grace Lei accused Apple of resorting "to competition in the courts rather than the market place … HTC continues to vehemently deny all of Apple's past and present claims against it and will continue to protect and defend its own intellectual property as it has already done this year."
More details have surfaced surrounding Apple's complaint since we first reported on this story, including Apple's apparent focus on HTC's tablets, such as the EVO View 4G, in addition to smartphones like the EVO 4G and EVO 3D. One of the patents in question describes a "pen-shaped device with accelerometer-sensed writing," which sounds very similar to the HTC Scribe, an available accessory to the View 4G.
The ITC does seem ready to side with HTC in this dispute, so there is no need to worry about a black market developing for EVO phones and tablets. However, we will continue to keep our eyes on this story for any significant developments.[HTC via The Register]