Apple Sued Over Multi-Touch Patents

Steve Jobs: Architect of the iPhone

We all know Steve Jobs sculpted the iPhone from unicorn tears through a sheer act of singular will and hutzpah -- along with buying FingerWorks and winning a glove-full of multi-touch patents of their own along the way (which may or may not still result in several rounds of pugilism with Palm's Pre).

But who knew they might not have done enough? Elan Microelectronics of Taiwan, that's who. Elan claims the iPhone, iPod touch, and Macbooks -- basically everything featuring multi-touch functionality -- is in violation of their patents, and they've filed suit in Apple's home turf of San Francisco to prove it. (No word yet of litigation friendly Texas will sue over not being the venue of choice...)

A previous lawsuit from Elan against a company called Synaptics, who counter-sued resulted in a dismissal and cross-licensing agreement. This time? We're calling Apple wins by (frenzied) tap-out due to guillotine choke near the end of the second round.

Anyone got the popcorn, hot dogs, and spicy drink?

[NY Times via iLounge]

Rene Ritchie

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

afrocane says:

i should start my own company and sue people for living

iphonemilk says:

These people who are just randomly sprouting up out of nowhere and suing apple are getting rediculous..

XCool says:

Yeah, sore losers with nothing to do but sue our favorite fruit. Apple will win, of course.

melwan says:

So does that mean they will sue Palm once the Pre is out?
Just got an idea, I'll patent the idea of hovercraft and wait till it becomes popular, then sue the hell out of everyone. I might be 100 years old by then, but I'll be rich :D

Muero says:

The plural of Macbook is not Macbook's. Please use apostrophes for contractions or to show possession.

Rene Ritchie says:

Getting this close to griefing sticklers. Just saying, you can help with typos without being @$$#0!3s to the bloggers, k darlin's?

Stervegas says:

Is this an English class?

DDay says:

I agree with Rene. This isn't an English class. Save your whining for another blog.

Rene Ritchie says:

Hey, I love good English as much as the next Shakespearian; it's just typos happen. They happen to everyone, and are particularly likely in fast-paced blogging.
At least on the web, unlike print, we can fix 'em if we -- or you -- find them.
So by all means, we appreciate them. We just don't need to be abused because of them :)

Steve says:

Pretty much every person I've ever seen criticize others' grammar and spellings on the internet, make their own mistakes right within that very criticism. I get a kick out of that.
I almost replied to Muero for not capitalizing the B in MacBooks, but decided against it (oops).
Yes, we all make goofs... get over it. :roll:

icebike says:

If the shoe were on the other foot....?
How many here would be so quick to grant Microsoft "victim status" if Apple sued them for some patent infringement?
After all, the last time this company sued they ended up with a cross-license agreement, which means they have precedent.
Why does every one here assume apple is above "borrowing" screen technology for the same platform the "borrowed" an Operating System and "Borrowed" a web browser?

Daje says:

There just jealous b/c Apple is better than them :p

Steve says:

Ah, yes... the ol' "MultiTouchSquatting" trick. :lol:

oneAwake says:

What a bunch of hypocrites, when a weak rumor made it's way around the internet which involved Palm, the fanboys were saying... "Apple is going to put Palm out of business, the Pre will never launch, another company copying Apple" etc. When the spit fly's back in Apples face, Apple are somehow the victim now?...