AAPL Stock: 118.3 ( + 0.49 )

Printed from

Taiwanese company sues Apple over touch patents

updated 09:35 am EDT, Thu April 9, 2009

Apple sued over touch tech

Apple is facing a lawsuit over its increasingly central touch technology, Reuters writes. A Taiwanese chip design firm, Elan Microelectronics, has accused Apple of violating two touchscreen patents, said to be used in the displays of the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the trackpads utilized in modern MacBooks. Elan claims to have successfully sued another company, Synaptics, for similar reasons.

Although Elan has not specified the amount of financial compensation it is seeking, the company is nevertheless calling for an injunction against infringing products. Such a ruling would prove crippling for Apple, blocking its major product lines until it could negotiate with Elan or incorporate alternate technology. In many such circumstances however, companies settle outside of court to avoid both large damages and the preceding legal fees.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented