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Apple getting sued over touch-screen technology

Elan Microelectronics, a company once voted the best small company in Asia Pacific by Forbes magazine, has filed a patent law suit against Apple over its multi-touch technology used in the iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices.

Elan Microelectronics, a company once voted the best small company in Asia Pacific by Forbes magazine, has filed a patent law suit against Apple over its multi-touch technology used in the iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices.

The company has a patent on its own Multi-Finger touchscreen technology issued in 1998 and appears to be gunning for Apple, according to reports on the web.

If it wins, the outlook will be bleak not just for Apple, but also Microsoft, which uses similar technology in the multi-touch user interface in Windows 7 and Microsoft Surface, the company's £10,000 coffee table PC.

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