Apple Sued by Via Technologies Over Microprocessor Patents

Apple Inc., the world’s biggest technology company by value, was sued by Taiwan’s Via Technologies Inc. (2388) for allegedly infringing three U.S. patents for microprocessors used in mobile phones and tablet computers.

Via, a semiconductor maker based in Taipei, seeks a jury trial and an order to prohibit Cupertino, California-based Apple from selling products containing the inventions in the U.S., according to a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

“The products at issue generally concern microprocessors included in a variety of electronic products such as certain smartphones, tablet computers, portable media players and other computing devices,” Via said in the complaint.

Apple will dominate tablet-computer sales this holiday season, and global media tablet sales this year may reach more than 63 million units, according to researcher Gartner Inc.

Apple officials didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Via Technologies v. Apple Inc. (AAPL), U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Milford in Wilmington, Delaware, at pmilford@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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