Apple sues HTC for iPhone patent infringement

13:23, March 03, 2010      

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Apple Inc. on Tuesday accused HTC Corp. of violating 20 patents related to iPhone in a lawsuit filed against the maker of smartphones using Google Inc.'s Android operating system, which are becoming an increasing threat to the iPhone.

The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in U.S. District Court in Delaware, Apple said.

In the lawsuit, Apple accused HTC of infringing on 20 of its patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.

"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," Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," he added.

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