* Companies to swap authorizations to use each other's
* Elan gets access to 2 of Apple's Touch patents - Apple
TAIPEI Jan 5 Elan Microelectronics Corp , a Taiwanese touch design company, said on Thursday
that Apple Inc will pay $5 million as part of a
settlement in a patent infringement case.
The statement said the two companies would also exchange
authorizations to use each other's patents in limited
"We are glad to put the Elan case behind us and avoid a
drawn-out court battle," an Apple spokeswoman said. "The
cross-licensing agreement gives Elan access to two of Apple's
Touch patents, but none of the innovations that make iPhone,
iPad and iPod Touch unique."
In 2009, Elan sued Apple in the United States over two
patent infringements and the Cupertino, California-based giant
countersued later the same year.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in
favour of Apple in June last year, saying Apple had not violated
U.S. trade law.
Apple is involved in a number of patent disputes following
the massive popularity of the company's flagship products the
iPhone, iPad and MacBook among consumers. Apple is also
embroiled in acrimonious lawsuits over Google Inc's
Android players as the two camps battle for market share.
Lawsuits, especially patent disputes, are common in the
technology sector as makers seek to protect their newest
technologies from being commoditized and exploited by rivals.
But most are settled out of court as big companies prefer to
avoid long fights and patented technology can be out of date by
the time a case is over.