VIA sues Apple over chip patents

Taiwanese chip manufacturer launches legal action against Apple

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VIA sues Apple over chip patents VIA is the latest company to become involved in patent disputes with Apple.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 25, 2011

Chip manufacturer VIA has become the latest company to enter the current patent wars, with the news that it is to sue Apple.

The Taiwanese company has launched legal actions over three alleged patent infringements by Apple, in the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV product lines, and associated software. The patents relate to microprocessor functionality and chips process data.

The complaints have been filed with both the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US District Court of Delaware.

"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," commented Wenchi Chen, CEO, VIA Technologies, Inc. "We are determined to protect our interests and the interests of our stockholders when our patents are infringed upon."

Apple has yet to comment on VIA's claims.

According to the BBC, the action is thought to be linked to ongoing disputes between Apple and another Taiwanese company, smartphone manufacturer HTC. Chen is married to HTC's chairwoman Cher Wang, who co-founded both businesses.

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