Apple Slaps Android-Maker HTC With Patent Infringement Suit

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More legal wrangles for Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) over patents as the smartphone market continues to heat up. The iPhone maker is suing rival handset maker HTC, which makes devices using both Android and Windows platforms, for infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the device user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.

Apple did not offer any other specifics about how HTC may have been using its patented technology. In a statement, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, said, “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.” The case was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Release

This is not Apple’s first visit to the ITC. Apple and Nokia have each filed cases against each other for patent infringements over the last couple of months. These cases are still pending.

This most recent suit against HTC doesn’t come as much of a surprise. HTC was the first phone maker to develop a device using Android, and it has been gradually ramping up its product line with other Android devices, including Google’s Nexus One launched in January.

Then last month, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC launched its newest device, the Legend, to much fanfare. With its sleek aluminum design and most up-to-date version of HTC’s Sense user interface, some are hailing it the biggest device since…the iPhone. This suit confirms that HTC may well be a competitor to be reckoned with.


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