HTC has strongly denied accusations by Apple that the Taiwanese smartphone-maker infringed 20 of its iPhone-related patents related to the iPhone user interface and the smartphone’s underlying architecture and hardware.
In a statement posted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange website, HTC said it “is not only an innovator in mobile technology but also an owner of many patents. We take American and international patent rights protection seriously.”
“We will closely cooperate with US justice system in the case to protect our own innovative values and rights,” it continued.
The denial by the company, which makes handsets for Google, among many others, comes a day after the Apple patent infringement lawsuit was filed with the International Trade Commission and the US District Court of Delaware
Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself was quoted in Apple’s statement: “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”