03/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Apple To Go "Nuclear" On iPhone Copycats

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc., usually on the defensive when it comes to intellectual-property lawsuits, is threatening to use its hoard of patents to quash iPhone competitors.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, pledged in January to go after companies that copy the iPhone's patented features. Apple won its latest patent Jan. 20 for so-called multitouch technology, which lets people work the iPhone by touching the screen with two fingers and making swiping motions.

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