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In Japan, Apple is not the inventor of click wheel

September 26, 2013

Matt Brian writing for Engadget:

Kyodo News reports that the Tokyo District Court ordered Apple to pay ¥300 million ($3.3 million) to Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito for infringing on a patent covering the touch-sensitive click wheel used in the iPod Classic and older models of its iconic music player. Saito’s damages come more than five years after he filed the patent lawsuit, during which time he demanded damages of ¥10 billion ($101 million), based partly on the number of iPods Apple had sold during that period.

That’s great news for Saito, he patented it first in Japan, he deserves it after more than five years of a long wait.

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