Apple sues HTC, says 20 iPhone patents are infringed
Not long after countersuing Nokia, Apple has now announced that it’s also suing HTC for the same reason – patent infringement.
The Cupertino-based company implies that HTC infringes no less than 20 patents “related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.” No further details were provided, but this might have something to do with multi-touch technology.
Apple filed the suit with the ITC (the U.S. International Trade Commission) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours,” declared Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
HTC has recently introduced quite a few smartphones that can be marketed as iPhone rivals – including the Google Nexus One and the not yet available HTC Desire (both running Android 2.1). I doubt Apple will win any suit against HTC, but let’s wait and see what happens.
And, if you want to read more about the iPhone multi-touch patents, we did an overview of them back when iPhone was introduced: Apple’s iPhone. Is it really well protected by patents?