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Physician-Inventor Sues Apple over iPhone Touch Keyboard

August 7, 2007

Information Week reports that physician-inventor Peter V. Boesen has sued Apple, alleging the iPhone's touch keyboard violates a patent granted to SP Technologies back in 2004.

The patent, which is 6,784,873 B1, describes "a method and medium for a computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination." Boesen is listed as the inventor.

In the complaint filed by Boesen, SP Technologies said it sent a notice of possible infringement to Apple back in February. Apple was said to not have responded. SP is seeking unspecified damages from Apple, Inc.

In an arguably unrelated matter, Information Week also noted that Boesen has had encounters with the legal system of a different court. In May of this year, he was sent to prison foolowing a confiction on defrauding Iowa's Medicare and Medicaid programs by filing false claims. Now free on bail, Boesen was order to repay the state and private insurers morethan $900,000.

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