Apple Sued Over iPhone By Convicted Doctor
In a week when patent suits are in the news in regards to Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Sharp and Samsung, Apple is facing a patent complaint of its own in regards to the iPhone. But Apple may have less to worry about than the others, as the suit was filed by an Iowa doctor who recently received a federal sentence for healthcare fraud, Information Week reported.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that the touch-screen keyboard on the iPhone was lifted from a patent held by SP Technologies, which received it in 2004.
The inventor of the technology is listed on the patent as Peter V. Boesen, who is the plaintiff in the lawsuit. Boesen is no stranger to courtrooms; a surgeon in Des Moines, Iowa, he was convicted earlier this year of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare programs in Iowa. Boesen was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $900,000 in restitution. He is free pending appeal.