Apple sued for iPhone, iPad chip 'patent rip-off'
Efficient loading of data? That's ours, says VIA
Apple has been sued by the Taiwanese fabless semiconductor-design firm VIA Technologies for – what else? – patent infringement.
The patents involved, Via's complaint charges, are for technology used in microprocessors in Apple's iOS products that "generally provides efficient loading of data in the microprocessors and efficient conversion and transfers of data in the microprocessors".
Specifically, the three patents are 6,253,312, "Method and apparatus for double operand load", and 6,754,810, a continuation and refinement of the earlier 6,253,311, both of which being entitled "Instruction set for bi-directional conversion and transfer of integer and floating point data".
The suit is joined by co-plaintiffs CenTaur Technology of Austin, Texas, and IP-First LLC of Fremont, California, both subsidiaries of VIA Technologies. The suit was filed in the Delaware US District Court.
The "Accused Apple Products" named in the suit are the iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4 CDMA, fourth-generation iPod touch, and second-generation Apple TV. The complaint requests that Apple be enjoined from importing any of these into the US – or, for that matter, from manufacturing them in the US, as if that were ever going to happen.
The suit alleges that Apple's infringment be deemed "willful" – which, if so, would triple any damages that the court might award to VIA and its subsidiaries, should the court find in their favor.
The Reg predicts a settlement, with a nice chunk of cash floating across the Pacific from Cupertino to the Xindian District of New Taipei City, Taiwan. ®
They've brought it on themselves.
Until we straighten out the patent system, the only winners are the lawyers.
Buster Cox, while in the process of giving little Sam Sung a good kicking, noticed all the other kids with baseball bats......
But is cash the real motive?
I don't believe it is after a quick check here http://www.via.com.tw/en/company/executives.jsp
It seems VIA's Chairman is none other than Cher Wang and for those who don't recognize the name I'll cite an interesting bit of her bio, it reads, "... she is also co-founder and Chairman of leading smart phone developer, HTC Corp."
I'm guessing Apple didn't see this one coming and I wonder if Apple isn't going to start looking over their shoulder for more oblique attacks.
the birds come home to roost
Apple sowed the seeds and dug their own grave by going out on a rather whimsey patent fight on look and feel to block valid competitors to their products ... and now the real patents are coming out for a fight.
Reap thw Whirlwind
The tech companies have been keeping fairly quiet on each others patent infringements for years, but it now looks as if they have had enough of Apple throwing law-suits around, and are rummaging through their patent lockers to see how much grief they can throw at the fanbois idol.
Even though I HATE lawyers, I hate Apple even more, so GO FOR IT BABY!!!!!