HTC vs Apple… FIGHT! Let the Patent Infringement battle begin.

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Today Apple decided to dust off their legal bat and go after HTC . The infringement suit details 20 different patents all related to the IPhone interface and related hardware. This is a quote of Spectacular Steve Jobs quoted directly from an Apple Press Release:

“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 Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

Well, at least we can say he is serious about this.  Gizmodo has a posting that details all 20 patent infringement documents and a lot more . and Techmeme.com of course has been covering all major blog postings and every other news agency that is falling over themselves to try to cover this news and bring some new perspective. The below links were what were available at the time of this writing as TechMeme saw it. WOW!

New York Times, TechCrunch, Engadget, Reuters, PC World, Digits, Associated Press, Silicon Alley Insider, NEWSFACTOR, Ars Technica, Android Phone Fans, Android Central, CNET News, eWeek, Digital Daily, L.A. Times Tech Blog, Electronista, AppleInsider, Phone Arena, Boing Boing, iPhone Buzz, Fone Arena, Brainstorm Tech, Erictric, ZDNET.com.au, Maximum PC, SlashGear, internetnews.com, VentureBeat, Google Watch, DailyTech, Google Android Blog, jkOnTheRun, Macworld, Softpedia News, louisgray.com, Bits, Nelson’s Weblog, Epeus’ epigone, Datamation, DailyFinance, App Advice, www.pocketgamer.biz, Guardian, mocoNews, The Apple Core, Digital Trends, MacDailyNews, Neowin.net, Pulse2 and The Register

So, is Apple warranted in taking these steps? Is Steve Jobs just trying to eliminate healthy competition? For good or for bad, this is gonna be one helluva fight!