We're trying to think of something clever here involving “bad apples”, but with nothing coming to mind we'll just play it straight: Apple is continuing its run of taking on pretty much every other phone maker around by targeting HTC again in a fresh round of patent complaints with the International Trade Commission.
Apple is trying to block the sale of several HTC phones in the US, claiming that the Taiwanese firm's “portable electronic devices and related software” are in breach of Apple patents. This while also pretty much threatening to sue any company that so much as thinks the words “app store” right now.
Just which phones are involved and specifically why isn't certain, as the complaint hasn't been made public, but it's a fairly safe bet that with Apple going after HTC itself rather than Android, its objection probably relates to an HTC-specific feature such as the HTC Sense UI.
It's the second time Apple has taken a major mobile rival to task with the ITC in just a few weeks, following an earlier motion on similar grounds made against Samsung.
The HTC complaint actually dates all the way back to the beginning of last year, with the story so far a fairly classic take on the accusation-denial-counter-accusation template.
Apple's latest ratcheting up of the legal pressure comes despite comments from an ITC lawyer earlier this year that ruling in HTC's favour on the matter was best for the public.