Apple settles a patent lawsuit with Taiwanese touchscreen maker Elan

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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18 Comments

1. dragonnub99

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

haha time for apple to get pwned

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

3. smartx84

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 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...

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

5. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

face it ..

6. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

thats what steve job say Good artists copy great artists steal

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

18. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

8. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

9. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

11. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

14. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Finally Apple get what it deserves.

16. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

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

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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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