Apple Goes For HTC's Jugular In 20-patent Lawsuit

iPhone manufacturer Apple is resorting to a lawsuit over the alleged infringement by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC of 20 of its patents to stop its growth.

Apple has explained that the patents pertain to technology that were used in the user interface of the iPhone as well as its "underlying hardware and architecture".

Steve Jobs came forward to say that "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."

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

In the legal document, Apple has requested that HTC is barred from selling smartphones that contain technology that infringe on Apple's patents. HTC has only confirmed that it has received the documents and has yet to comment on the validity of Apple's claim.

Apple is also locked in a legal tussle with the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer Nokia with both parties mutually accusing the other of stealing their mobile technology.

Some might see, in this lawsuit, a strong-armed attempt by Apple to prevent Google from launching a family of Nexus One smartphones that could derail the iPhone's march towards world domination.

Our Comments

One cannot ignore the fact that the lawsuit comes a few weeks after HTC/Google released a firmware that allowed multitouch on the Google Nexus One. The pinch and zoom feature being one of the iPhone's main features.

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