Apple along with other tech giants like Nokia and HTC have been sued by a company which claims to hold the patent to 'double clicking' or 'double tapping' technology used in smartphone devices.
According to Apple Insider, Hopewell Culture and Design has sued several companies by citing U.S. Patent No. 7,171,625 titled "Double-Clicking a Point-and-Click User Interface Apparatus to Enable a New Interaction with Content represented by an Active Visual Display Element".
The patent has targeted Apple's iPhone and iPad devices that use the 'double tapping' technology to initiate interactive content on the user interface of the device.
Apart from Apple, Nokia and HTC, the lawsuit has also cited Adobe, Motorola, LG Electronics, Opera and Palm as defendants in the lawsuit.
“This suit may make unlikely bedfellows in terms of companies suing each other over patents (Apple has disputes with Nokia, HTC and Motorola going) but possibly deciding to cooperate to invalidate this patent asserted against all of them and so many others,” open source software champion Florian Mueller wrote on his blog.