Calif. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) said on Tuesday
that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC, the Taiwan-based manufacturer
of Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android smartphones. The company alleges that HTC is infringing on
20 of its patents related to the iPhone user interface, underlying architecture
HTC is the maker of a range of smartphones that utilize Google’s
Android mobile operating system, including Motorola’s Droid and Google’s own
The suit 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," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
"We think competition is healthy, but
competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
in December also filed suit against Nokia, claiming that the company violated
13 of its iPhone patents.
More than 40 million iPhones have been sold worldwide
since their introduction in 2007.