Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 17:19 UTC
Legal In a statement released today, Apple announced it is suing HTC, claiming the Taiwanese phone maker infringed upon 20 of Cupertino's patents related to the iPhone. After Nokia and Apple suing one another a number of times over the past couple of months, this is the next high-profile patent lawsuit in the mobile phones business. Engadget has the filings, and it seems that Apple wants to avoid angering Microsoft, but has no qualms about taking on Google. Update: Engadget analyses every single patent in the claim.
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Blocking move
by Morty on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 19:08 UTC
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The important part is not really the filing of the patent lawsuit itself, but the filing of it at the US International Trade Commission. It's about blocking a Taiwanese competitors access to the US market. Currently HTC is the biggest competitor in the US smartphone market, having a big growth rate. As long as they manage to tie HTC up in a patent lawsuit, they may get ITC to block access to US market.

Edited 2010-03-02 19:11 UTC

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