FORTUNE — On March 2, 2010, Apple (AAPL) filed lawsuits against HTC at the International Trade Commission and the U.S. district court of Delaware — the first of what would be dozens of patent infringement suits against the manufacturers of smartphones and tablets based on Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system.
In the press release that announced the 2010 suit, Steve Jobs issued what would become Apple’s intellectual property mantra:
Unlike Samsung, which Apple sued more than a year later, HTC has so far emerged from its legal battles with Cupertino almost unscathed. As FOSS Patents‘ Florian Mueller notes in an item posted Tuesday:
The Taiwanese manufacturer’s most effective strategy has been to transfer all its U.S. cases to Delaware and then persuade the Delaware court there’s nothing to be done until the ITC finishes its work — a process that’s likely to drag on for another two years.
On Monday, Apple lawyers filed a 20-page brief that begged the court in unusually strong language to take mercy on the company and deny HTC’s latest request for a delay.
The brief points out that other district courts — one in the Northern District of California in particular — have demonstrated an efficiency that puts Delaware to shame.
You can read Apple’s brief in pdf form here.