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iLawsuit

Just because everyone loves Apple, it doesn’t mean that love is reciprocated. Although only one company was listed in Apple’s recent lawsuit against HTC for infringing on its patents, it seems Apple is sending a warning to other iPhone copy-cats.

It is not inconceivable that Apple will take several companies to task. After all, CEO Steve Jobs has always been very clear about intending to defend more than 200 patents within the iPhone. It’s obvious Apple doesn’t need the money, but the company ’s ideas are intended to offer unique products—not a platform for similar ones.

The HTC lawsuit could be the first of many, as larger manufacturers (e.g. Motorola, Samsung or Sony Ericsson) have similar touchscreen products. Regardless of how far it goes, Apple’s actions are sending a clear signal that it wants erode the market of iPhone look-alikes. And fighting an aggressive battle against HTC could be enough of a deterrent.

Now we wait for the fallout.


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