Company specializing in touch surfaces maintains lawsuit against Apple

Since April last year, Apple has been investigated by the ITC (International Trade Commission) in the United States, due to an accusation of patent infringement by a Taiwanese company, Elan Microelectronics. This year a possibility of an agreement was raised, but the company recently went public and stated that this is just a rumor.

Under the alleged agreement, Elan would receive $ 100 million from Apple to close the case, which aims to ban sales of various products, from gadgets with iOS to MacBooks, because the patents in question deal with touch-sensitive surfaces. However, both the ITC investigation and the prosecution part of it are still ongoing.

Neither has a forecast for trial, but Elan does not seem concerned: the company reported profits of more than $ 700 million in 2010.