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VIA sues Apple over patent infringement

Small maker of small things - VIA Technologies has slapped big maker of smalll things, Apple, with a patent lawsuit, claiming the

The Taiwanese outfit said has taken legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court of Delaware for patent infringement by Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV product lines, and associated software.

"VIA has built up an extensive IP portfolio consisting of over 5,000 patents as a result of significant investments in world class technology research and development," said VIA's CEO Wenchi Chen."We are determined to protect our interests and the interests of our stockholders when our patents are infringed upon."

The patents at issue cover microprocessor functionality featured in Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV devices, namely: US Patent No. 6253312, Method and apparatus for double operand load, US Patent Nos. 6253311 & 6754810, Instruction set for bi-directional conversion and transfer of integer and floating point data.

Apple is yet to respond.