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Apple files a countersuit in legal battle over ‘soft keyboard’ patents

Apple has filed a countersuit against a company that claims the tech giant violates one of its “soft keyboard” patents.

In June a patent suit from Princeps Interface Technologies alleged Apple’s iOS keyboard infringes on the work of Timothy Higginson, a technology industry lawyer and inventor. Princeps is suing for damages and legal fees.

In iOS when users touch a text field, a text view, or a field in a web view, the system displays a keyboard. Apple debuted its first onscreen keyboard for a portable device with iPhone in 2007. 

According to AppleInsider, the iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit to force the courts to declare that it isn’t violating a patent that is being used against it in the aforementioned lawsuit. Apple notes in the suit that modifications that Higginson made to the patent after a refusal by the USPTO in 2003 prior to the award in 2004 are the key to Apple’s defense and nonviolation. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.