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.