Apple claims to have 're-invented' cellphones, goes after HTC for patent infringement

3 Mar

The patent wars continue. After Nokia and Apple suing and counter-suing each other, it is now HTC’s turn to face the heat with Apple suing the Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer for infringing 20 patents “related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture and hardware. The lawsuit was filed concurrently with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) 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,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in a press release.

The press release goes on… Apple reinvented the mobile phone in 2007 with its revolutionary iPhone®, and did it again in 2008 with its pioneering App Store, which now offers more than 150,000 mobile applications in over 90 countries. Over 40 million iPhones have been sold worldwide.

TechCrunch got hold of the actual complaint and claims that the complaint is more about Android than HTC. It’s surprising that Apple did not name Google as one of the defendants. Well, could it be because of the ‘good relations’ that Google maintains it has with Apple? Who knows…

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