Apple Faces Lawsuit over Patent Issues

November 25, 2008

Boston (ChattahBox) – A Los Angeles real estate developer, Elliot GottFurcht and two co-investors, filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. claiming that its technology used to surf the Web infringes on the patent filed by them.

The patent was filed in the US District Court in Tyler, Texas by EMG Technology LLC which was found in Los Angeles and had its office in Tyler with only one employee! The company claims that the technology used by iPhone to surf the websites for small phone screens.

The patent filed by EMG supposedly covers the ability of website to reformat itself according to the size of the screens that captures the website. “The ‘196 patent claims cover the display of Internet content reformatted from HTML to XML on mobile devices–the industry standard currently displayed by the iPhone,” EMG adviser Stanley Gibson said in a press release announcing the lawsuit. EMG “managing member” is one of the inventors named in the US Patent 7441196 which provides exclusive rights to an “apparatus and method of manipulating a region on a wireless device screen for viewing, zooming, and scrolling internet content.”

It is not clear why EMG has not sued companies like HTC Corp., (G1 Google Phone) and Research in Motion Ltd (Blackberry) that makes similar devices used to display mobile websites. Apple spokesperson, Susan Lundgren declined to comment on the lawsuit. She said that the Cupertino, California-based company does not discuss pending litigation.


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