updated 12:00 pm EST, Mon February 16, 2009
Picsel vs. Apple
A new lawsuit challenges the rendering technology used in the iPhone and the iPod touch, Yahoo reports. Filing a case through the US District Court for the district of Delaware, Picsel Technologies has accused Apple of violating patents on concepts that accelerate display updates. Many of the functions of the iPhone -- such as zooming, panning, web browsing and image viewing -- would be lethargic without Picsel's ideas, according to the company's legal representatives, Nixon Peabody LLP.
The Picsel case may have better odds than some past lawsuits targeting Apple, as Picsel's technology is already widely licensed by other cellphone makers; some of the company's clients include Palm, Nokia, Motorola, Sharp, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. Settlement may be likely, particularly given Apple's past legal history. Picsel is nevertheless asking for triple compensation on devices already sold, should the case eventually reach trial. No court dates have so far been issued.