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Apple strikes back, sues HTC

March 2, 2010: 9:56 AM ET

Cites 20 cases of alleged infringement on iPhone patents by Android phones

The Nexus One, made by HTC for Google

Apple (AAPL) announced Tuesday that it had filed a lawsuit against HTC, the Taiwanese maker of smartphones, for allegedly infringing on 20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.

"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 in a statement prepared for release. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

Apple COO Tim Cook had made similar statements last year when asked about the operating system of the Palm (PALM) Pre, which bears a close resemblance to the iPhone's. Google (GOOG)'s Android operating system, which uses some touchscreen gestures Palm's does not, may be even more vulnerable in a patent suit.

Google wasn't mentioned in Apple's press release, but the Android OS and several Android phones are named in the complaints (see below).

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