Sad faces over at HTC today, we’d wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend. Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it’s UI, architecture or hardware. It’s also accompanied by the usual “create your own tech, don’t steal ours” quote from CEO Steve Jobs.
“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” Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple
We’ll have to go dig through the lawsuit to figure out exactly which patents Apple reckons HTC have illicitly borrowed, but we’re guessing it’s the same bevy of multitouch tech that they’ve previously threatened Palm over. Apple maintains they hold the intellectual rights to much of the multitouch gesture technology we’ve grown used to seeing included in modern smartphones, such as pinch-zoom.
HTC are yet to issue a response, but we’ve got a request in for a comment from their PR team. If past legal battles are anything to go by, this will all take some time to work its way out. Update: HTC’s official comment is here.
Full list of supposedly infringed patents (of which there seem to be 10, not the 20 Apple suggest in their press release) from Gizmodo:
Update: According to Engadget Apple have submitted over 700 pages of exhibits to support their case; HTC may have only just found out about this, but it looks like Cupertino’s legal team have been working on it for some time. They also list the named devices in the case:
Nexus One, Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro2, Tilt II, Pure, Imagio, Dream / G1, myTouch 3G, Hero, HD2, and Droid Eris
Apparently while both Android and Windows Mobile devices are fingered, the former are flagged up for running Android while the latter only get a mention thanks to the DSP chips they incorporate.
Apple Sues HTC for Patent Infringement
CUPERTINO, California—March 2, 2010—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. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”
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.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.