In statement released on Wednesday, Elan Microelectronics stated that they own the rights to the technology found in the iPhone, iPod Touch, and MacBook that allows the Apple products to detect the position of the finger. Elan states that they have previously won a similar lawsuit against Synaptics Inc, and that they would be seeking an injunction to stop the sales of any Apple products that had infringed on its patents.
This of course come right before Apple is expected to release a third generation iPhone alongside the 3.0 OS. If Elan has their way in court, and Apple is found to be in violation it could delay new products and restrict the sales of existing inventory. Though Apple, with a cash reserve near $23 billion, is more likely to write a check and put this behind them than see their products taken off the shelves.