New iPhone 4G 2010: Release date delay over Patent violation?

By Alan Ng - Mar 31, 2010

It has been confirmed that a Taiwanese maker of chips and touchscreens has accused Apple of violating one of their multi-touch patents – asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban all future imports and sales of Apple products.

It sounds like a big deal doesn’t it? As Apple Insider explains, Elan Microelectronics are the company in question, and they are seeking a ban on products such as the iPhone, iPod Touch as well as the upcoming iPad.

Elan thinks that Apple knew about the violation, but continued to ignore it anyway. The decision is now in the hands of the ITC, who must deicde whether to investigate this or not. If they do, it is thought that it could take as much as 15 months to come to a conclusion.

Could this have any bearing on the release of a new iPhone expected this year? Let us know your thoughts on this.

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  • Kaipk

    You bunch of numb nuts… It will be released when it is released…. Why cause a furore speculating over nothing…..

  • ShaLor

    This must be an April Fool's Day joke. Happy 1st!

  • Mark K.

    Also – if Apple ever sold/sells their iPhones in Taiwan, they would need to comply with the Taiwan patent laws.

    Curious indeed.

  • mike

    Derf is somewhat incorrect… Nearly every first-world country, and most importing/exporting third-world countries subscribe to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Those that do not, usually have bilateral treaties with the U.S. to protect American companies.

    Therefore, a US patent has the force of law throughout the world.

    –Duke Law Grad 2009

  • Billy

    They are all haters of Apples success with the iphone

  • dan

    err. what if Taiwan actually have an international patent ?

  • Derf

    It's all BS none of this has been confirmed. Apple would never violate a patent when they have approved patents in the US for their own multi touch. So how can apple have Approved US patents on multi touch and Taiwan also have one?
    That's because if you know anything about patents is If you have a US patent it does NOT mean you have an international patent. You must apply in Asia and Europe etc for those. So having a US patent has nothing to do with Taiwan and they essentially can do NOTHING!

  • 02 insider

    I'm from the UK, I've heard from an UK phone operator insider than the new iphone will be released during the 4th quarter of 2011.

    • jake

      lol. try June.

      • The Dark Lord

        It is kind of interesting that Apple just got some lawsuit going with HTC over the same patent. I am not a big apple fan, but I would think that apple wouldn't internationally get in a lawsuit with a company when they breach a patent by themselves! For some reason that doesn't sound right. Sorry, I think this story is BS!