Apple is on the patent warpath again. The Cupertino company most recently went after Nokia for using technology Apple claims to own in its phones. Tuesday, the iPhone maker filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC.
ChannelWeb reports the suit was filed both with the International Trade Commission and in a federal district court in Delaware. Apple alleges HTC infringes 20 of its patents related to the iPhone. In a statement, CEO Steve Jobs said of the action:
We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology and not steal ours.
According to ChannelWeb, it's not clear which HTC device or devices are at issue in the suit, but observers speculate it's at least the Google Nexus One, with its multitouch technology. The Android-based smartphone hit the shelves last year and is the first HTC handset to make use of multitouch.
Writer Andrew Hickey wonders if this particular suit is a sign of things to come. Is Palm next on Apple's hit list?