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Apple settles a patent lawsuit with Taiwanese touchscreen maker Elan

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Apple settles a patent lawsuit with Taiwanese touchscreen maker Elan
Taiwanese touch design firm Elan Electronics said that Apple will pay it $5 million to settle a patent infringement case. The two companies have also reached a deal to exchange authorizations to use each other’s patents.

After the launch of the iPhone in 2007 numerous companies have sued Cupertino for infringing on its patents. Elan was one of them when in 2009 the Taiwanese sued Apple over two patents in the States, and Apple replied with a counter-suit swiftly after. In the States, last year the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that there was no law violation.

One of the patents in question is a 1998 filing about detecting actions of one or more fingers on a touchscreen. Here’s the official definition of US Patent number 5825352: “Multiple fingers contact sensing method for emulating mouse buttons and mouse operations on a touch sensor pad.”

After the ITC ruling, Elan has filed a lawsuit in California, so finally Apple agreed to settle.

source: FocusTaiwan, Reuters

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posted on 05 Jan 2012, 05:28 7

1. dragonnub99 (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


haha time for apple to get pwned

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 05:36 6

2. E.N. (Posts: 2364; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


$5 million is like a penny to them. Ownage still nowhere in sight.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 05:57 8

3. smartx84 (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


yup..but more importantly, they cant say that android is stealing apple's idea of a smartphone where in fact, and all of us know all along, iphone is not an original product.. i gotta admit they package and make it much better, but apple cant claim that the iphone is original and start suing other companies...

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:03 8

4. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


its about time apple gets some more comeuppance but the whole apple and 'court case' 'patent' news is getting stale and making apple an even more annoying company by the day.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:09 2

5. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


face it ..

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:17 2

6. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


thats what steve job say Good artists copy great artists steal

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:23 2

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Using each other's patent... Is it cross licensing?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 18:01

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no because liscensing wud be paying each other.. i think its more along the lines of a truce

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:37 5

8. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Haha! I laughed really hard when I read this. Apple thinks all these manufacturers steal from them, but they're the original thieves of technology. Steve Jobs always act like Apple was built on honesty and they never stole anyones idea. This right here is proof in itself. I too get tired of Apple suing all these companies for patent infringements, like Samsung. The funny part about that is Samsung is responsible for the chipsets in their products. I just want to tell Apple to go away. I hope one day they'll get more than just their comeuppance like they've done to all these other companies, I guess Apple didn't stop and think these companies could unite as one. Yes, I also agree 5 million is pocket change to a very greedy over priced company like Apple.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:48 1

9. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Here's Steve Jobs about Android. I will destroy Android! Stupid fat droids, they stoles the precious from us! They should've changed his name to Gollum.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 10:11 4

10. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


You mean iGollum...

Apple will never accept it,but they will be RIM in a couple of years tops...

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 10:32 1

11. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Apple! Apple! Apple! Why Apple, well I guess you started it #HidingMyiPhone

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 10:35 3

12. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Frodo; You Must take the iPhone to Modor and throw it into the fire pit. Only then will there be peace between humans and iPhone fanboys.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 10:54 1

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


wait a minute if apple is so ORIGINAL than how can they be infringing on patents especially touchscreen where Iran's believe apple were 1st etc....do they even know what original means

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:07 2

14. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


According to the Apple Dictionary, the word original means:
"Any and all things profitable,innovative and or marketable. Such things now and always can be traced directly back to Apple R&D."
If it were within the realm of possibility, Apple would house the US Patent office and the World Trade organization.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 12:49 2

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Finally Apple get what it deserves.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 13:27 3

16. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


LOL! Not yet! It's coming though. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:09

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so that means all this time what they have is not deserved... hmmmm cool... didnt know you run this joint...

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