– Mobile phone maker HTC has responded to Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) patent infringement claims
related to the iPhone, saying it "disagrees with Apple’s actions and will
fully defend itself."

Apple filed suit against Taiwan-based HTC earlier this month,
alleging the company is infringing 20 of its patents related to the iPhone’s
user interface, underlying architecture and hardware.

HTC makes smartphones
that utilize Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Android operating system, such as Motorola’s Droid and
Google’s Nexus One.

"HTC strongly advocates intellectual property
protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies
as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our
own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience
possible," said HTC chief executive Peter Chou.


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