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In Apple suit against HTC, it's iPhone vs. Nexus: Pegoraro

From Faster Forward's Rob Pegoraro this morning:

More than three years ago, Apple introduced a new gadget called the iPhone. Chief executive Steve Jobs showed off its elegant "multi-touch" interface and took a moment to crow over its legally sanctioned uniqueness: "And, boy, have we patented it!"

Over the next three years, a succession of other devices with multi-touch interfaces shipped from competing vendors: Microsoft's Surface kiosks, Hewlett-Packard laptops and desktops with its TouchSmart software, Dell's Latitude XT and XT2 tablet computers and Studio Touch laptops and desktops, Wacom's Bamboo input tablets, Palm's Pre and Pixi phones, and a lineup of devices from different manufacturers running Google's Android software (although only some support multi-touch today, an upcoming software update will bring that feature to others).

This morning, Apple sued one of those competitors.

The Cupertino, Calif., firm filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based HTC, the manufacturer of such Android phones as the HTC Hero and Google's Nexus One, alleging that it had infringed what a press release described only as "20 Apple patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture and hardware."

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By Cecilia Kang  |  March 3, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Apple , Google , T-Mobile  
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