Via Sues Apple, Cites Processor Patent Infringement

iPad maker Apple has been sued by a Taiwanese chip designer over a bunch of patents related to microprocessor technology.

Via Technologies claims that Apple has infringed on its patents related to the manner in which chips, used in some of its products, use and manipulate data. The Apple products named in the lawsuit include the iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and the iPod, along with the software that the products use.

The company has filed a lawsuit in a district court in the United States and has even filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission.

“The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices,” the complaint reads.

Industry watchers are tying the lawsuit filed by Via to Apple’s ongoing patent battle with smartphone maker HTC, which is also based in Taiwan. It has emerged that Via’s chairman is married to HTC’s chairperson Cher Wang, who also helped him found Via.

Apple is currently engaged in multiple legal battles with its competitors in the smartphone market like HTC and Samsung, both of which offer devices based on Google’s Android platform, which has displaced Apple’s iOS as the number 1 mobile phone platform in the United States.