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Taiwanese firm sues Apple for patent infringement related to touchscreens

Taiwan's Elan Microelectronics has just filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming it would have infringed two of its touchscreen-related patents, reports the NYTimes.com. The products involved would be the iPhone, iPod touch and MacBook on multi-touch trackpads and touch screens.

IPhone screen 3D diagram

"We were unable to find a common point of view with Apple, so we decided to take action," said Dennius Liu, a spokesman for the Taiwanese firm. According to them, both have been discussing some type of licensing for about two years.

Elan has a positive track record in the courts, having won another lawsuit last year for patent infringement against Synaptics, its biggest competitor in the United States. Interestingly, one of the patents involved again cited in this lawsuit against Apple.