HTC vows to take Apple to the cleaners - Wikimedia Commons

Taiwanese handset maker HTC today said it is prepared to battle Apple in court. Apple filed a case against HTC on 2. March, claiming HTC had infringed 20 patents

"HTC disagrees with Apple's actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible," stated HTC's CEO Peter Chou.

In other words, HTC says Apple's allegations are flabberdash and HTC is prepared to go through the whole legal process without necessarily coming to a gentleman's agreement during the case. HTC added they started designing their first touchscreen handsets back in 1999 and shipped them in 2002, claming the 02 XDA was the world's first smartphone with a 3.5 inch colour touchscreen.

Since then, HTC has developed 50 more smartphones, including the first generation of Google Android smartphones. HTC is currently producing the Google Nexus One, which seems to have sent Steve Jobs shivering in his pants. After all, companies are all for free markets and competition, unless it directly affects them. In that case, sue 'em.