Apple files patent suit against phone maker HTC

March 03, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - As Apple Inc.'s iPhone faces stiffer competition in the lucrative market for smart phones, the company is going after one of its main rivals with patent lawsuits claiming theft of touch screen technology and other features. The complaints cover a slew of models made by Taiwanese phone maker HTC Corp., including the Nexus One, G1 and myTouch 3G - all using the free, rival Android mobile operating software from Google Inc. Non-Android phones include HTC's Touch series. Patent cases can take months or years to resolve. Apple said HTC has infringed on 20 of its patents covering aspects of the iPhone's user interface and hardware. Several relate to technology behind touch screens, including one that lets a device's screen detect more than one finger touch at a time, allowing someone to zoom by spreading or pinching their fingers. Another patent refers to using sensors to get information about a user's activity or surroundings and letting the device react by, for example, lighting up.

- Associated Press

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