Pittsburgh company settles computer-app lawsuit, allowing Apple to again distribute
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A four-month-long lawsuit over computer applications for nonverbal people, which prompted Apple to pull a popular app from its iTunes store, has settled, according to filings Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
Pittsburgh-based Semantic Compaction Systems and its licensee, Prentke Romich Co., sued the firm Speak for Yourself for patent infringement. The firms offered computer systems that allow users to put together words using special keyboards or touch screens.
Under the settlement, Semantic and Prentke Romich are granting to Speak for Yourself licenses to two of their patents and some of their copyrights. They are also withdrawing their infringement notices against Speak for Yourself, a move that could allow Apple to put the app back on iTunes.
All other settlement terms are confidential.
First Published October 11, 2012 9:36 am