HTC may be able to ban imports of the upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3 in the US after the Taiwanese mobile giant accused Apple of infringing on two of its 4G patents, according to a US judge.
Fresh out of its legal battle with Samsung, Apple has accused HTC of snapping up the 4G patents solely for the purpose of aggressively using them in court, reported Bloomberg.
It could mean Apple's new iPhone 5 and iPad 3 could be held in limbo until it pays out the licensing fees for HTC's patents.
HTC bought the patents as part of a portfolio from ADC Telecommunications in April 2011, for $75 million.
Apple's iPhone 5 will be revealed in New York on September 12.
It has been reported to have a wide array of new features, but it will most likely include a larger 4in, 16:9-format wide retina display screen compared to its predecessor’s 3.5in display, a relocated headphone jack, in-cell touch panel technology designed to make the smartphone its thinnest yet, as well as a smaller, redesigned dock connector - down from 30 pins to a possible 19.
It has also been reported to include 4G connectivity, but is unlikely to be compatible with Australia’s LTE networks.