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Another Lawsuit?

Posted February 20, 2007 6:00 AM by Aaron Wright
Categories: Hardware Patents Legal 

Oh dear, it seems that Apple can do no right at the minute. If it’s not LG claiming Apple stole it’s concept and ideas, or Cisco suggesting they had the iPhone name first, then it’s a UK based technology company called Quantum Research who specialise in touch control and sensors for a variety of platforms.

Earlier this year Quantum Research tried to Sue Apple over the iPod Clickwheel technology, but now it seems they’ve moved on over to the iPhone, claiming the touch-screen technology inside it, patented by Apple, is apparently being licensed to other manufacturers.

“The description of the iPhone suggests it uses a rear-surface touch screen, and has proximity sensing which can tell if it is held to the ear. That’s a QR capability,” Duncan Bryan, licensing director at Quantum Research (QR), told EW.

If Apple has used QR’s technology to give the iPhone that capability, then the company would be infringing Quantum Research’s patent.

[Via MacNN]

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