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Apple Sued for Touchscreen Patent Infringement

Shoe is on the other foot now
By: Sean Kalinich | Posted: Apr 8, 2009 1:47 pm

Patent happy Apple is finding themselves in front of the courts as a defendant over their touch screen displays. Taiwan chip designer Elan Microelectronics is claiming that Apple has stolen their patent and is seeking an injunction from future sales of products containing the offending technology (iPhone, MacBook, and iPod Touch).


Elan has also won a previous suit against Synaptics for the same infringement. Apple recently filed a patent claiming that all multi-touch was theirs; I wonder how that patent will fair with this new suit in the works.


There is no information on the amount of damages Elan is seeking from Apple at the time of this writing.


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Apple Sued for Touchscreen Patent Infringement
Elan said in a statement released on Wednesday that it owned the rights to technology that allowed Apple's products to detect the position of the finger on a touchscreen or touchpad.


It said it previously won a similar lawsuit against Synaptics Inc, and would be seeking an injunction to stop the sales of any Apple products that had infringed on its patents.


The company did not say how much in compensation they were seeking.


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