SAN FRANCISCOTaiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan Microelectronics Corp. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import and sale of some Apple Inc. products, including the forthcoming iPad tablet, on the grounds that they allegedly infringe patents held by Elan, according to various reports.
The complaint, filed Monday (March 29), requests that the ITC investigate whether Apple's products infringe upon patents held by Elan. The ITC has yet to rule on the request.
Elan (Hsinchu, Taiwan) sued Apple last April in U.S. District Court here, alleging infringement of two touchscreen technology patents by Apple products including the MacBook, iPhone and iPod Touch.
According to a report by the Bloomberg news service, Elan's ITC complaint also requests that the ITC ban the sale and importation of other Apple products including the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The highly anticipated iPad is expected to be available April 3.