Boom! Apple sues HTC for infringing on 20 iPhone patents

Apple Online Store Apple today filed a lawsuit against HTC for infringing on 20 Apple 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,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

MacDailyNews Note: HTC makes Google’s rebadged “Nexus One.”

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.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Boom! Here we go (finally)! We’ve been waiting for this day for what seems like forever.

A sickening chill just swept through the executive offices of many an iPhone wannabe. This time there’s no poorly-written contract signed by an unprepared sugared water salesbozo.

We’ve been pushing the state-of-the-art in every facet of design… We’ve been innovating like crazy for the last few years on this and we’ve filed for over 200 patents for all of the inventions in iPhone. And we intend to protect them.Apple CEO Steve Jobs when unveiling iPhone, January 9, 2007

We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP, in which case we will go after them. We will not stand for having our IP ripped-off and we will use any weapons at our disposal [to stop it].Apple COO Tim Cook, January 21, 2009

See also: The specific Apple patents over which Apple is suing HTC


  1. I’m getting old, but I seem to remember an early comment … Jobs, perhaps … saying the significant iPhone technologies were patented as tightly as the lawyers could manage. And just a bit more. Did he really say that? Or is it the Mad Cow kicking in? (or, perhaps, a bit of both?)

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