Don’t touch my wife! VIA sues Apple for patent infringement

Subject: General Tech, Mobile | September 24, 2011 - 04:08 AM |
Tagged: VIA, Patent, htc, apple

Do not let the title deceive you: we probably also find Apple and Patent Infringement stories as boring as you do; this case on the other hand makes it through our tightly meshed sift and into our news feed. VIA is best known for chipsets and specialty x86 processors. VIA’s influence was recently felt through the introduction of the netbook craze as a result of their VIA Nano CPU line which lead to the rise of the Intel Atom processor line. Recently VIA decided that they would set their sights on Apple and sue them over three patents. This is one of those cases where the what is not nearly as funny as the alleged why.

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Did Apple take a bite out of VIA’s forbidden fruit?

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If it seems to you that VIA is suing Apple over seemingly no reason then you probably are correct. There does not appear to be any public reason for VIA to go after Apple. HTC on the other hand has many reasons to sue, technically counter-sue, Apple. For those wondering where HTC came from in this discussion: the chairperson for HTC is the wife of the CEO of VIA Technologies. It very much seems like the whole reason for the VIA lawsuit is to protect his wife's company in their own lawsuits. If these patent lawsuits continue on their current trajectory then we might just be forced to sit every company down and settle like we did with similar issues back in the 90’s: Springer.

Did Apple bite off more than they could chew? (Registration not required for comments)

Source: PCMag
September 24, 2011 | 06:44 PM - Posted by 3dfxrain (not verified)

Lawyers be crazy.

September 25, 2011 | 01:22 AM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla (not verified)

Its no surprise that Apple is being sued or counter sued by other manufacturers, Apple has been screwing around every manufacturer in the market. I am wondering when FTC will start looking into Apples actions.

September 25, 2011 | 01:05 PM - Posted by JSL

Im wondering when Samsung and Motorolla will stop selling their hardware/licensing to apple.... that alone would probably be enough to push apple out of the mobile telecom market.... without the components from samsung and motorolla, it would pretty much be an ipod touch again.

For those of you who didnt know, Samsung has also filed lawsuits against Apple in Korea and Australia for patent infringement, and is attemping to legally prevent the sale of iphones in Korea as well, this news came sometime last week.

(Edit with new info).... and now Samsung is Seeking an injunction against Apple in the Netherlands too.

September 25, 2011 | 10:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hahaha Karma is a b****. Seems Apple is learning the meaning to the saying "treat others as you would like to be treated".

September 25, 2011 | 12:13 PM - Posted by pdjblum

Don't get how this one made it through the tightly meshed filter? This one is no more interesting than any other "A" company news.

September 25, 2011 | 03:25 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

It's always nice to see apple on the receiving end of patent suits ;)

September 26, 2011 | 10:56 AM - Posted by pdjblum

Unfortunately, they seem to have everyone in power in their pocket. And everyone in power seems to have an iphone in their pocket and an ipad for their kids.

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