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Apple Sues HTC for Patent
Category : General 05 Mar 2010 02:52 AM | Industry News
Apple has taken legal action against phone maker HTC, alleging it has infringed patented technology. HTC has been accused of infringing 20 patents owned by Apple that are used in the iPhone.
"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a news release. Apple suggests violation of their rights in a number of patents related to phones with touch screens. One of them, with the number 7479949, describes the principles of work and user interface of touchscreen devices. Steve Jobs is the first among the inventors.
Apple's suit was filed with both the US International Trade Commission and the US District Court in Delaware on Tuesday, and seeks to prohibit HTC from selling, marketing or distributing infringing products in the United State. The complaint filed with the ITC cited Google's Nexus One, which was launched in January, and other HTC phones such as the Hero, Dream and myTouch -- which run on Google's Android mobile operating system -- as infringing products.
Apple is entangled in patent litigation around the iPhone. Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, began proceedings against Apple in October, claiming the iPhone violated Nokia patents. Apple since countersued Nokia.