Apple Accuses HTC of Stealing Their iPhone Interface, Sues

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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.

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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 U.S. International Trade Commission 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. 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."

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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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FrankieViturello
FrankieViturello

While HTC Handsets are typically fantastic, if Apple REALLY wanted to place themselves in a position where this would be a non-issue - they really REALLY, now more than ever need to get the hell out of this BS exclusivity contract with AT&T and bring the iPhone to all service providers.

As much as I love my Android G1, I'd get an iPhone in a heartbeat if T-Mobile carried it (I prefer the cost of their plans and their excellent customer service), and I would have gotten an iPhone instead of the G1 if it was available to all carriers a year or so back.

With the rapid adoption of iPhone alternatives on all carriers (Blackberries, Android OS phones, Palm Pre, etc.) It's obvious that consumers are looking for app-heavy, web friendly 3G devices.

I just don't see the point in maintaining what is clearly an "in bed

" type deal that only benefits Apple and AT&T. Unleash the phone to the masses and they'll speak with their pocket books.