|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Phone Tech Wars
Apple sues HTC over phone patents Steve Jobs Jobs: "Competitors
should create their own original technology"
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.
Apple said the patent infringements covered technology used in the
iPhone interface as well as its "underlying hardware and architecture."
HTC makes phones for many firms including Google and was behind
the Nexus One handset.
In a statement Apple boss Steve Jobs said: "We can sit by and watch
competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something
"We've decided to do something about it," he said. "We think
competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own
original technology, not steal ours."
In its legal filing, Apple is seeking a lasting injunction which
would effectively bar HTC from selling phones that use the disputed
technology in the US.
The legal action has been filed with the US International Trade
Commission and a district court in Delaware.
In its response to the legal action, HTC said it had only just
learned about Apple's legal action and has not had the chance to
investigate the filing.
"Until we have had this opportunity, we are unable to comment on
the validity of the claims being made against HTC," it said in a
In addition to making the Nexus One, the first handset to be branded
by Google, HTC has also made several handsets that use Google's
Android operating system.
At the same time Apple is locked in legal action with Nokia. The
Finnish phone giant sued Apple for patent infringement in October
2009, alleging it had stolen patented technology.
In response, Apple countersued in December 2009. Nokia launched a
second round of legal action in the closing days of 2009.