04/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Apple Hit With Lawsuit Over iPhone as E-book Reader

An overseas communications firm is suing Apple for promoting its iPhone handset as a touchscreen digital book reader, a concept it claims to have patented over seven years ago. In its lawsuit, the firm takes issue with Apple's move to distribute digital book reading applications through the App Store, which it subsequently sees as an endorsement by the Cupertino-based company that its touchscreen handset can serve as a capable eBook reader. The Swiss firm maintains that Apple is "well aware" of its patent and claims the ongoing infringement has caused injury to its property and business in an amount to be determined as damages at trial. Although MONEC does not identify the specific eBook reading applications that prompted its lawsuit, the complaint was filed just weeks after Apple began distributing's Kindle eBook reader software through the App Store. 1

A couple of blogs, including Apple Insider, are reporting that a Swiss communications firm, Monec Holding, has filed suit in a Virginia district court. Monec accuses the iPhone maker of " patent infringement, unfair trade practices, monopolization, and tortious interference for allegedly treading on its January 2002 patent No. 6,335,678 titled Electronic device, preferably an electronic book. 2
  1. Apple Sued for Promoting iPhone as eBook Reader (Apple Insider)
  2. Apple Hit With Lawsuit Over iPhone as E-book Reader (cnet)

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