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Investigation: Apple vs Nokia vs Google vs HTC vs RIM

May 13, 2010, 23:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Waterfall)

"Some wars are fought with artillery and helicopters; others with press releases and lawsuits. In March, Apple fired a missile by releasing a statement declaring that it was suing smartphone manufacturer HTC for infringing 20 of its iPhone patents.

""We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "We've decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."

"In its complaint to US regulator the International Trade Commission (ITC), Apple claimed -- and continues to claim -- that Taiwan-based HTC is infringing patents related to the iPhone's user interface, hardware and software design. Apple named 12 phones that use this technology: of those, five also use Google's Android operating system, and seven also use Microsoft Windows mobile software."

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