March 2, 2010 | by Ed Clark
If you assume that the level of a response roughly equates to the level of a threat, the folks at Apple Inc. must feel pretty threatened. In an article released today in the New York Times, Apple confirms that it has filed lawsuits against HTC for 20 patent infringements relating to the iPhone. HTC, of course, is the maker of many Android-based phones, including the first Android phone, the G1, and the most advanced Android phone, the Nexus One.
According to the NY Times article, Steve Jobs had the following to say:
“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.”
Wow. Gizmodo actually has the lawsuit documents, which show that Apple is claiming (among other things) infringement on “touch screens, power conservation and the orientation of graphics on a mobile phone.”
Apple is apparently asking the courts to block HTC from “making, using, selling and/or offering phones” with these supposedly patented capabilities in the US.
Hmmm. If Apple is going down this road, they have a whole lot of other manufacturers to go after, and not just Android models. The Palm Pre leaps immediately to mind. Of course, maybe Apple doesn’t see Palm as a threat–which is why HTC will be first to get a court date.