Apple suing phone maker HTC over iPhone patents

Apple is suing Taiwan’s HTC, saying the handset maker has violated patents related to the iPhone.

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HTC was the first company to manufacture cellphone based on Google’s Android operating system, which as emerged as a significant competitor for the iPhone. It is also making the Nexus One phone that Google is selling directly to consumers.

Apple says HTC has infringed on 20 of its patents covering aspects of the iPhone’s user interface and hardware.

In a statement Tuesday, 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.”

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