Apple settles a patent lawsuit with Taiwanese touchscreen maker Elan
posted by Victor H. / Jan 05, 2012, 5:12 AM
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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haha time for apple to get pwned
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 5:28 AM 7
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$5 million is like a penny to them. Ownage still nowhere in sight.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 5:36 AM 6
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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 Jan 05, 2012, 5:57 AM 8
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Using each other's patent... Is it cross licensing?
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 6:23 AM 2
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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 Jan 05, 2012, 9:37 AM 5
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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 Jan 05, 2012, 11:07 AM 2
Finally Apple get what it deserves.
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 12:49 PM 2
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