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HTC Boss Slams Apple Lawsuit

Manufacturer of Google phones says Steve Jobs' patent complaints are groundless.

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HTC has broken its silence over Apple's allegations that the manufacturer of Google Android-based mobile devices ripped off the iPhone's patented technology.

"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself," said HTC chief executive officer Peter Chou, in a statement issued Wednesday.

"HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible," said Chou.

Apple filed complaints against HTC earlier this month in U.S. District Court for Delaware and with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Apple claims HTC, of Taiwan, infringed on 20 patents governing a range of technologies.

"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 Apple CEO Steve Jobs, in a statement made at the time of the filings.

"We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own technology, not steal ours," said Jobs.

HTC manufactures mobile devices for a number of third-parties, but its recent introduction of the Nexus One for Google may be what caught Apple's attention. Like the iPhone, the Nexus One features a touchscreen, a built-in GPS, and downloadable applications.

The patents in question cover touch-screens, gesture recognition, scrolling, power management, and other technologies.

Apple is seeking unspecified damages.

As competition in the mobile market intensifies, Apple is becoming increasingly aggressive in protecting what it believes is proprietary technology. The company sued Nokia in December, claiming the Finnish handset maker also infringed on iPhone patents. That case remains ongoing.

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