Elan already won a preliminary injunction against rival Synaptics back in 2006 – to which the latter countersued. The two eventually ended up signing a cross-license agreement in November 2008 covering the touch patents, allowing them to drop the suits, and suggesting the company might actually have a case against Apple. The lawsuit did not reveal the exact amount of monetary compensation Elan is seeking, but asked the court to triple the actual damages and require Apple to pay royalties.
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