Taiwan firm accuses Apple of patent infringement

April 9, 2009
People explore the features of the new 17-inch MacBook Pro during the Macworld Expo 2009 in San Francisco in January 2009. Taiwan's Elan Microelectronics Corp. has filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing two of its patents for touchscreen technology.

Taiwan's Elan Microelectronics Corp. has filed suit against Apple for allegedly infringing two of its patents for touchscreen technology.

The lawsuit, filed in a US District Court here on Tuesday, accuses of infringing on Elan patents in its iBook, PowerBook and MacBook portable computers, the and the iPod Touch digital music player.

"Each of these devices includes a touch-sensitive input device capable of detecting the simultaneous presence of two or more fingers or other capacitive objects using the structure and methods claimed in (Elan's) 352 ," the complaint said.

Elan alleged that the iPhone and iPod Touch infringe on another patent held by the Taiwan company.

The complaint claims the patent infringement is causing Elan "irreparable harm," asks the court to put an end to it and demands unspecified damages from the Cupertino, California-based Apple.

According to The New York Times, Elan filed suit in 2006 against another US company, Synaptics, over one of the patents mentioned in the Apple lawsuit.

It said Synaptics countersued and both actions were dismissed last year after the companies reached a cross-licensing agreement.

An Apple spokeswoman told the Times there would be no comment on the suit.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

Related Stories

Apple files 2nd countersuit against Creative

June 8, 2006

(AP) -- Apple Computer Inc. has filed a second countersuit against SIngapore-based Creative Technology Ltd., intensifying its legal battle against the smaller media player rival that sued the iPod maker for patent infringement ...

Apple sues Creative Technologies

May 19, 2006

In the ongoing legal dispute between digital media player rivals, Apple filed a U.S. lawsuit this week against Creative for patent infringement.

Burst.com files counterclaim against Apple

April 18, 2006

Burst.com Inc. announced it has filed a counterclaim alleging that Apple's iTunes Music Store, iTunes software, iPods, and Apple QuickTime applications has infringed on four of Burst's 10 U.S. patents.

Hitachi Files Plasma TV Patent Suit Versus LG

April 25, 2007

On Monday, a Hitachi subsidary filed a patent infringement suit against LG Electronics and one of its subsidiaries for the improper use of Hitachi's plasma display panel technologies.

Realnetworks beats infringement suit

April 17, 2006

Digital media services company RealNetworks Inc. announced Friday it has won a patent infringement suit brought against them by Ethos Technologies Inc.

Recommended for you

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

August 16, 2017

Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto money.

Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material

August 15, 2017

Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today's ...

Signs of distracted driving—pounding heart, sweaty nose

August 15, 2017

Distracted driving—texting or absent-mindedness—claims thousands of lives a year. Researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have produced an extensive dataset examining how ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.