Today Apple brought charges against device maker HTC for 20 patent infringements, all relating to the iPhone. HTC is one of Apple’s competitors in the smartphone market. They currently make a large number of Android phones which are targeted in the suit, including the Nexus One. The complaint was filed along with a large exhibit of evidence with the District Court in Delaware. Steve Jobs has commented on the lawsuit in a statement to the press.

“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.”

Most of the phones that Apple claims are patent infringing run on Google’s Android OS. While Google is not specifically mentioned in the press release, there are some infringements that they might still be responsible for. Surprisingly the 20 patent infringements include some that are less than a year old, including one approved just last month. This case is certainly going to draw attention to other companies who might also be infringing. There is still too much we don’t know, but Apple is building a strong case, so we will have to see what happens next.