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VIA Technologies sues Apple over microprocessor patents

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Thu September 22, 2011

Victory could block iPhone, iPad sales in US

Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, Bloomberg reports. The case was submitted yesterday through a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, and accuses Apple of violating three US patents related to microprocessors. "The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices," VIA court documents read.

VIA is requesting a jury trial, and an injunction barring Apple from selling infringing products in the US. While the allegedly infringing products are not yet known, VIA's wording suggests iPhones, iPods and iPads, and possibly the A-series chip designs Apple has employed in them since 2010. A US injunction would potentially cripple Apple, making a negotiated settlement far more likely.

Apple has become the focal point of a storm of patent lawsuits in the mobile industry during the last year, frequently the target, the perpetrator or both. The number of Apple-related lawsuits currently numbers in the dozens, and involves companies such as Samsung, HTC and Motorola. The plaintiffs are thought to be using the suits in defense or as anti-competitive weapons, rather than strictly as cash-grabs.




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  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Funny

    In the times before Pentium III, I came to work for a company that almost all their computers had VIA chipsets. We had a lot f problems, and I mean A LOT!!!!
    I upgraded almost all motherboards with Intel motherboards and problem was solve.
    It is funny that such a bad company has any patent at all.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: funny

    Well, you had a bad experience. Therefore the company must have been horrible!

    And bad implementation doesn't mean their patents aren't valid. If so, then I guess the only company with valid patents would be Apple.

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    I saw the patent in question...

    it read in whole "...a method or device for making complex calculations at high-speed in some manner we haven't worked out yet, and then displaying the results in some other manner... we have absolutely no fricking idea how to implement this concept or what anyone would do with it but we think it's totally awesome!"

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    VIA Tech in Trouble

    VIA needs a cash infusion and spent last year in the red as the net book market crashed. The legal system or some kind of settlement should provide them with free cash as a jury would not be able to understand the patents in question.

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