Apple has filed a lawsuit against smartphone maker HTC, alleging that it violates as many as 20 patents that Apple has on the iPhone interface and hardware architecture. A parallel complaint has also been filed with the International Trade Commission to block imports of devices that violated the patents in question.
"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," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."