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Apple sued over touch-screen technology

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Apr 2009 14:19 User comments (2)

Apple sued over touch-screen technology Apple Inc. has been sued by Elan Microelectronics for allegedly infringing two of the Taiwanese company's patents which related to touch-screen technology. "We couldn't find a common viewpoint with Apple, so we decided we had to take action," said Dennis Liu, an Elan spokesman. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco earlier this week.
It alleges that Apple products - including MacBooks, iPhone and iPod Touch - use technology that infringe on two of Elan's patents, related to their touch screen or touch pad features. Apple, as always, has not commented on the lawsuit. Touch screens are becoming much more popular in products, with iSuppli expecting the market to grow from the 2008 figure of $3.4 billion, to $6.4 billion by 2013.

Apple reported stronger-than-expected fourth quarter earnings in January, thanks to the sales of the company's MacBook, iPhone and iPod. Elan won a preliminary court injunction against Synaptics in 2006 over one of the patents involved in the Apple lawsuit. The two companies reached a cross-licensing agreement last year.

Liu said that the Synaptics case is comparable to Elan's case against Apple, but that the company hopes to have it resolved in less time.

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2 user comments

112.4.2009 17:00

hopefully apple loses their ass..

thats a big patent, dont settle for anything under a billion

213.4.2009 11:04

Originally posted by korgoth3:
hopefully apple loses their ass..

thats a big patent, dont settle for anything under a billion
Obviously Elan is yet another PATENT TROLL.

I'd like to see where these companies receive REAL licensing and royalties from their patents BEFORE they crawl out of their hole and sue, sue, sue!

Everywhere I go I see touchscreens, from fastfood restaurants to department stores. You can't tell me that this lawsuit's timing, after the frenzy over the iPhone, is NOT convenient.

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