Apple has announced a lawsuit against handset manufacturer HTC for violating patents it owns with the iPhone. Apple has been involved in numerous struggles over the past years defending their own patents. Potentially infringing patents of the past were most notably brought about by Kodak and Nokia. This time however, it is Apple on the attack.
The lawsuit as reported by Apple themselves, was filed with the US District Court in Delaware and the US International Trade Commission, which is also investigating Apple on the Kodak suit. The suit alleges that HTC infringed on over 20 patents Apple owns related to the iPhone’s interface. The Nexus One smartphone manufactured for Google, and other similar touch-screen phones made for third parties have caused “irreparable injury” to Apple’s mobile division, according to court documents in the proceedings.
Apple head honcho said in the same press statement 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,” and “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
It seems Apple is looking to strike back against its competitors with lawsuits of its own, especially with HTC being a key ally for the Droid and the Nexus One. It remains to be seen whether or not Apple will win this lawsuit. Stay tuned to Mobile Magazine for more updates as they come in.