Turnabout is fair play: Apple is sued by Taiwanese company over Touch Screen technology

Turnabout is fair play: Apple is sued by Taiwanese company over Touch Screen technology
Earlier this year, we reported how Apple was awarded a patent on some of the multi-touch technology and GUI used on the iPhone. Some of the feeling at the time was that Apple was preparing to use the threat of patent infringement as a way to quash a solid competitor in the Palm Pre. Now, the tables have turned as chip design company Elan Microelectronics of Taiwan has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Fransisco. The suit claims that two of Elan's patents are infringed upon by the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch and two years of talks with the Cupertino, California firm to work out a licensing arrangement have failed. The Taiwanese firm has had to fight over these patents in court before, in 2006 against Synaptics who countersued, and eventually both firms worked out a cross-licensing deal after Elan had won a preliminary court injunction. The patents in question involve a "multiple fingers contact sensing method for emulating mouse buttons and mouse operations on a touch sensor pad." With their business starting to drop off with the economy, and with the confidence of seeing a deal worked out with Synaptics, Elan could be using the patent fight as a way to raise their profile in the touch screen market. A spokeswoman for the Taiwanese firm says that the company wants to receive royalties and a licensing agreement that would also cover future offerings from Apple. Jill Tan, a spokeswoman for the American firm, said that Apple would not comment on the lawsuit. When the Pre is launched, everyone had been preparing to watch Cupertino to see what the reaction was going to be about a patent battle. Now, all eyes will have to be looking toward Taiwan.

source: NY Times via Wired

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13 Comments

1. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

woohooo i love a good he said she said

2. The Godfather unregistered

I think everybody here knew this was coming, I am also under the impression that LG ( Life is Good ) is pending a suit against apple as well for several copyright infringements. touche' BB Storm FTW

4. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

what patents? im not supporting apple, im just curious... a lot of people are mistaken by what the actual patents are for...

6. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Godfather... you do know that LG doesn't stand for Life's (is) good, it actually stands for Lucky Gold.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well how come on the commercials it says "life's good" under the lg emblem

8. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

LG is actually Lucky Gold, a major conglomerate (number 3 if I remember correct behind Samsung and Sony?) and has been around since for a very long time. Ever had a Zenith product? Yep, that's them. They've had a lot of brands over the years. Life's Good is just the motto. Lucky Gold-Star is the true name, however they leave off the star...or it's one word... I don't know either way it's all good.

9. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

lifes good more of the company motto, as opposed to the name of the company... and its lucky goldstar (last i remember)...

10. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

He won't reply about the LG claims cause he has no clue.

12. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

"LG" Lucky Goldstar, for the win....

3. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I wonder when the lawsuits against Apple will ever stop? No wonder their iphone is so expensive; it's got to pay for all the copyright infingement lawsuits it creates!

11. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Actually it's less than $150 with a contract. How much is your storm?

13. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I find it odd that Blackberry Storm hasnt had any remotely close lawsuit attempts...For the iPhone being SUCH A BIG DEAL, there seems to be a whole bunch of people pissed off that thier Idea is now being JACKED and distributed from Apple...I think what the problem really is that Apple dumbed their phone to 2G or half a$$ 3g and worked with At&t, the REAL creaters of the device probably had LTE in their minds....

5. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

What goes around comes back around....they think they own all these patents and the whole cellphone industry. Guess not lol

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