Apple Fires Opening Shots in Smartphone Patent War

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What fun would the tech world be without its patent lawsuits to keep us amused? Not wanting to disappoint us, Apple has opened up another round of patent lawsuits, taking direct aim at potential competitor HTC, alleging violation of twenty Apple patents related to the iPhone’s user interface and underlying architecture and hardware .

In a statement that sounds all too familiar, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “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.” Reminiscent of its current battle with Nokia, Apple will fight this one out concurrently in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

Is Apple out only to curb the ambitions of HTC? TechCrunch speculates that the real target might be Android , which mimics many of the characteristic features of the iPhone OS. In which case, TechCrunch surmises , this is but a “shot across Android’s bow and a warning to all Android manufacturers.”

Image Credit: Apple, HTC, Google

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