Apple Accuses HTC Of Stealing Their iPhone Interface, Sues

The iPhone is such a great interface for phone calls, mobile office work and gaming that Apple claims that competitor HTC stole it when they made their own smart phone.

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 US International Trade Commission and in US 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 released the iPhone in 2007 and the App Store in 2008. The store now offers more than 150,000 mobile applications in over 90 countries. Over 40 million iPhones have been sold worldwide.


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    I had been surprised that so many phones were out that look and run so much like the iphone that as a user you can jump on the other and use the same gestures and effectively the same interface, and that apple had been quiet.
    I remember the iphone launch and Jobs pointing out that we 'patented the hell out of this thing' or something along those lines.
    WIll be interesting to see which of the patents can actually hold up. There is no doubt that a lot of current phones and other touch devices 'borrow' very heavily from the iphone design, interface and navigation, but as to whether apple can lay claim to those things, I guess we are about to find out. The other phone companies will be looking on nervously.

      This is more of a stab at android than at HTC from the looks of all the patents.

      However most of the patents are extremely broad and i can't see them winning. Some of the patents are also very recent such as one on February 2 so they are claiming that a phone that was made before they got a patent was infringing their patent.

      I don't have a problem with companies patenting their inventions but when they patent something like "Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image" which isn't innovative or original on their part. I had a Ericsson phone years ago which did that, long before the iphone. No it wasn't touch screen but it had a touch area on the screen for unlocking.

      Apple really needs to stop getting patents for things that are not innovative or original.

        The issues you raise in your comments don't really matter. Apple has been granted the patents. The onus is on HTC to prove they do not infringe on those patents, otherwise they lose.

          Patents are for new inventions, granted if HTC did infringe on patents they should pay. However the patents are too broad to be applied to anything. Also how can you breach a patent when it didn't exist when you were producing your product?

          This is just apple trying to strong arm the competition. They are attacking android however going after the weakest link which is HTC in the hopes of scaring off other companies from using androids platform.

    Has anyone noticed how similar the iPhone's desktop is to the Wii's desktop?

    Some people seriously need to releax. Although I find Apple's suit to be a load of garbage and will be settled out of court or even thrown in the bin cause it won't hold up in court...

    DOES IT REALLY MATTER.

    WILL IT REALLY AFFECT YOUR REVENUE AND SALES.

    Some people should just live life. Everything is copyright this and patent that. Classify this and Ban that.
    GET OVER IT. The world is f'd cause of people like this. You can't even wear something these days without someone putting their name on it and suing you.

    Seems you can sue someone for breathing in the Carbon Dioxide you just exhaled. Work that out!

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