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HTC counter-sues Apple

Making its first formal response to a pair of Apple patent infringement suits, Taiwan's HTC Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday charging Apple (AAPL) with violating five of its patents.

"As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible," said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of North America, HTC Corporation, in a prepared statement. "We are taking this action against Apple to protect our intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers that use HTC phones."

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