updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue June 24, 2008
Apple named in lawsuit
Apple on Monday, among nine others, was named in a lawsuit from Typhoon Touch Technologies targeted at Dell, regarding infringement on portable touch screen technology patents. In addition to Apple and Dell, the suit names Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia, and LG, with Typhoon seeking compensation for lost profits, as well as an injunction against the companies barring production of the devices with the offending technologies.
The scale of the issue could be staggering, with Typhoon's legal representative Craig Weiner of Hofheimer, Gartlir & Gross LLP saying that the final figure of offending devices "could be [in the] millions".
The lawsuit comes after Typhoon settled out of court on similar issues with Motion Computing and Electrovaya, with the latter company recognized the infringement and offered at least 20-percent of its Scribbler Tablet PCs in the US.
Typhoon's lawsuit touches on two patents, 5,379,057 – "Touch Screen and Computer System Employing Same" – and 5,675,362, which is entitled "Portable Computer with Touch Screen and Computing System Employing Same."