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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apple iPhone and iPad infringe multi-touch patent, says Elan

Elan Microelectronics has asked the US International Trade Commission to ban the import of Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, MacBook, Magic Mouse and iPad devices.  It says they infringe its 'multi-touch' patent that covers "touch-sensitive input devices with the ability to detect the simultaneous presence of two or more fingers."

A court case in 2008 saw Elan defend the same patent in a case against touchpads produced by Synaptics. The two companies later agreed a licensing deal.

[Sources: cnet.com; GigaOM.com]

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