Monec Holding Ltd., a Switzerland-based communications company, filed a lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that Apple is infringing on its patents, conducting unfair trade practices, monopolizing and interfering by promoting the iPhone as a touchscreen ebook reader.
Monec develops and markets data transmission tools for mobile electronics. The company filed a patent seven years ago titled “Electronic device, preferably an electronic book.” The details of the patent describe a light electronic device sporting a touchscreen LCD display for reading e-books–sounds like the iPhone. Apple is violating Monec’s patent by marketing the iPhone as an e-book reader by distributing applications that allow the iPhone to read e-books via the App Store.