Taiwanese touch designer to appeal U.S. patent ruling

The International Trade Commission found that Apple did not infringe on Elan Microelectronics' patent

Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese designer of touchpad chips and modules, said on Monday it would appeal a ruling in the U.S., after a judge said the company's patent-related claim against Apple revealed no breach of trade laws.

Apple violated the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 by importing its iPhone, iPod Touch and MacBooks, in violation of an Elan patent, the company said in a claim last year to the International Trade Commission. Elan had asked the commission to ban imports of Apple merchandise that would infringe on the patent.

Elan said in a statement that it had received a notice from the U.S. commission last week of a preliminary ruling that Apple did not violate international trade laws, nor did Elan prove patent infringement.

The Taiwanese company said that it regretted the preliminary ruling. Elan will ask the International Trade Commission to review the content of the chief judge's ruling and come out with a result favorable to it, the company added.

The patent in question applies to touch-sensitive input devices that can detect two or more fingers at once, allowing faster use of smartphones and other devices.

The 17-year-old Taiwanese company generated 30 percent of its revenues last year from touchpad chips and modules for smartphones, tablet PCs and mice. It expects that share to approach 50 percent this year.

Elan said it does not supply to Apple or buy anything from Apple.

Elan sued the U.S. computer giant separately in April 2009, alleging the infringement of two U.S. touch technology patents. Elan asked a U.S. federal court then to bar Apple from producing, using and selling iPhones, iPod Touch devices and MacBooks laptops.

The trade commission ruling will not affect the company's lawsuit, which is still pending a decision, Elan's statement said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags smartphonesApplelegalPhoneshardware systemsconsumer electronicsintellectual propertypatenttablet PCslaptopsdisplaysElan MicroelectronicsComponents

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ralph Jennings

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?