A big bet for Apple – tbd if their patents will withstand scrutiny in this context.
Taiwan's HTC has built up its brand in the recent years thanks to its early support of Google's Android operating system. It was the first company to sell an Android phone and more recently built Google's Nexus One phone, which the Internet giant is selling directly to consumers.
"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 Chief Executive Steve Jobs in a statement. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."