(CN) – Apple filed two complaints Tuesday accusing HTC, maker of Google’s Nexus One smart phone, of infringing 20 patents “related to the iPhone’s user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.”
“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can 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.”
Apple submitted more than 700 pages of exhibits with its 16-page lawsuit against the Taiwan-based phone maker in Delaware Federal Court. It also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, listing a number of specific HTC handsets that allegedly infringe Apple’s patents, including the Nexus One, Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Pure, Imagio, Dream/G1 and Droid Eris.
The allegedly infringing handsets use both Windows Mobile and Google’s Android mobile operating systems.
Several prominent tech blogs, including Engadget.com, view the complaints as an attack on Google’s Android, which has emerged as a significant iPhone competitor.
“There’s no delicate way to put this: at least part of Apple’s patent lawsuit against HTC appears to be a proxy fight for a larger issue with Android as a whole,” Engadget’s Nilay Patel wrote in blog post Tuesday.