Elan Sues Apple Over Multitouch Tech

Lora Bentley

It's funny how almost every time a new Apple product is poised for release, Apple will find itself the subject of yet another intellectual property lawsuit. Not long ago it was Nokia and patents related to the iPhone, then HTC asserted claims related to the iPhone.


Now that the iPad is mere days from hitting the store shelves, a Taiwanese chip maker has taken the next step in its intellectual property suit against the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.


ZDNet reports Elan Microelectronics filed an infringement claim against Apple with the International Trade Commission. The patents at issue relate to multitouch technology used in the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad. The company first filed suit against Apple on these patents in 2009, but is now asking the ITC to ban import of the devices to the United States.


The company reportedly sued Synaptics over the same patents in 2008 and was successful.


Interestingly, Apple also made a request of the ITC this week, seeking to ban the continued import of HTC devices to the United States, according to ozcarguide.com.

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