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Canadians Claim iPhone Violates Patent

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Four men who say they invented a way to use a wireless phone to control a computer say Apple's iPhone, with its "Internet tethering and mobile mouse capabilities" violates their patent. MobilOpsis, a Canadian company, sued Apple in Federal Court.

Apple's mobile mouse function turns an iPhone, iPod or iPad into a wireless remote for a computer. "Internet tethering" involves turning an iPhone into a modem, to make a wireless connection to the Internet.

Milton Milley, Mark Fedorak, Edmond Lou and Michael Corolan, who formed MobilOpsis, say they patented the methods in 2007.

MobilOpsis' attorney was unavailable for comment Thursday.

MobilOpsis demands "damages no less than a reasonable royalty to compensate MobilOpsis for Apple's infringement of the MobilOpsis patent," and prejudgment interest on "lost use of money to which it was entitled."

MobilOpsis also wants Apple enjoined from further infringement.

It is represented by George Summerfield with Stadheim and Grear of Chicago.

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