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 (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. 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.”
Off the top of my head, this is the first time I can recall Apple filing a patent lawsuit against a competitor except as a counter-suit (e.g. against Nokia). I can’t speak to the hardware and “architecture” issues, but I despise the idea of “user interface” patents.