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HTC escalates Apple patent fight with new lawsuit

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HTC escalated its patent fight with Apple on Tuesday, filing a new lawsuit against the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant that calls for a suspension of sales of iPads, iPhones, iPods and Mac computers.

The Taiwan-based smartphone and tablet maker said in its suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, that a wide range of Apple products infringe on patents it owns covering how devices connect to Wi-Fi networks and other wireless networks, according to Reuters.

HTC’s new suit against Apple could be a move to put pressure on its Steve Jobs-run rival to settle an earlier suit filed by Apple against HTC. The Apple suit alleges that HTC has infringed on patents owned by the iPhone-maker that are older than smartphones themselves. HTC said in July it would be up for negotiations to settle the suit Apple filed against it.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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