So Who Owns Touch?

new-macbook-trackpadAnother story about legal maneuvering about touch surfaced yesterday. This one features Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics suing Apple over alleged infringement of two touch screen patents. This comes in the wake of Apple’s previous threats to Palm over touch and multi-touch on the eagerly anticipated Palm Pre.

Elan apparently has some past history to fall back on as a previous case against Synaptics which was settled out of court. That case revolved around one of the patents in the current suit.

Most of these kinds of cases are settled out of court with money changing hands, but given how Apple likes to play hardball in its business dealings you never know. Perhaps it is time to take this to court and get it all settled with touch becoming so prevalent on so many fronts.