Switzerland-based Monec Holding is accusing Apple of patent infringement over the e-book capabilities of the iPhone.
According to PC Magazine, Monec has filed suit in District Court for Eastern Virginia, claiming Apple knowingly infringed on its 2002 patent for an electronic book. The company also accuses Apple of unfair trade practices, monopolization and tortuous interference.
In its filing, Monec lists 23 iPhone qualities that is says infringes on its patent, including device's touch screen display, which it says has the
"dimensions such that (...) approximately one page of a book can be illustrated at normal size, this display being integrated in a flat, frame-like housing."
CNET News suggests that the lawsuit may have been sparked by an app that Amazon released to the Apple App Store that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to read Kindle books on their handsets.
Monec is seeking damages, including lost profits, reasonable royalties, and interest, as well as attorneys' fees and costs.