Via Technologies Slaps Apple with Mobile Chip Patent Lawsuit

Via Technologies sues Apple for patent infringementTaiwan-based Via Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the microprocessors used in the iPhone and iPad infringe on three of its patents. The company filed its lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court in Delaware on Wednesday.

Via Technologies stated in its filing, “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,” according to Bloomberg.

Apple uses its own A4 and A5 chips in the iPhone and iPad. Since Apple custom designed the processors, Via Technologies is likely targeting specific features Apple chose to include that other chip makers don’t use or license.

Via Technologies is asking for a jury trial and is hoping to block Apple from selling the iPhone and iPad in the United States.

Apple has not commented on the case.