Taiwanese chip designer Via is suing Apple over infringed patents. Via said the disputed functions were used in Apple TV, the iPod, iPad and iPhone and the software they run on. The patents involve the ways chips in these products use, transfer and manipulate data.
The legal action is believed to be connected to an ongoing dispute between Apple and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. The head of Via is married to HTC’s chairwoman Cher Wang.
The latest action is one of many patent fights in which Apple is involved. The company has taken action itself against Samsung in the US, Europe, Australia and South Korea. These have led to a ban on the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany and bans on three smartphones in Holland.
Meanwhile Samsung has taken Apple to court in France and is counter-suing in The Netherlands.