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Apple Inc. is facing another lawsuit in U.S. The U.S. tech giant now has been sued in Illinois by a Pennsylvania man over an image slider on the company’s website. The plaintiff, Samuel Lit, claims that Apple violated a patent he holds related to the “carousel” feature built into the company’s website. The case was filed by Lit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, according to a report published on Fortune.

The carousel, which is located on the top of the company’s homepage, is being used the tech giant to showcase its products. The carousel, which can be called a slider, includes several rotating images. If you look at the company’s website, the company is promoting its Apple Watch and iPhone 6s, among other products, in the carousel.

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Carousel Patent

According to the report, Lit was awarded the carousel patent in 2014. The patent defines a method for displaying “graphics, text, animation, video, and other content” in one or more “windows” in a website.

The key component in Lit’s patent is that those windows “give the appearance of rotating like a carousel and also of the carousel and/or images being three-dimensional.”

The lawsuit, discovered by Apple Insider, claims that Apple Inc. infringes claim 16 in Lit’s patent, which specifically mentions how those windows would be displayed on a website.

Lit, who lives in Penn Valley, Penn., is an experienced radio broadcaster. He also is an expert in computer technology, according to Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia. Lit previously served as President of Hy Lit Radio Technologies, Apple Insider reported.

“Apple sells products and services through the website http://www.apple.com,” according to the suit. “That site includes a display carousel embedded in the site and contains five display windows configured to display content and revolve at a predetermined rate of speed.”

Lit is seeking a jury trial, a reasonable royalty, and a judgment that the company has violated his patent.

Apple Lawsuit

At the end of June, a Florida resident who claimed to invent the iPhone filed a lawsuit against Apple. The plaintiff, Thomas Ross, is seeking more than $10 billion in damages from the Cupertino-based company for infringing on a concept he invented over 20 years ago.

Ross accused the company of stealing his ideas to create the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod. The case was filed with the Florida Southern District Court on June 27. In addition to over $10 billion in damages, the plaintiff is also seeking a royalty of up to 1.5% on Apple’s worldwide sales of infringing devices.

Apple is also facing lawsuits in China. The U.S. tech giant was sued in Beijing by a local production center over a propaganda war movie. The lawsuit, filed by Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center, alleges that the iPhone marker infringed plaintiff’s exclusive online rights to broadcast a film. The film, which was first shown in 1994, is about Chinese fight against Japanese soldiers in northern China in the early 1930s.

Last month, a Shenzhen, China-based smartphone maker sued Apple Inc. for stealing design for iPhone 6. The small Chinese company accused the U.S. tech giant of infringing the patent right of its smartphone, dubbed as 100C. After a court ruling, Beijing Intellectual Property Office ordered the U.S. tech giant to stop selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the country. The iPhone maker, however, quickly made an appeal to a higher court, which allowed it to continue selling the iPhone 6 line until the court ruling. Apple and its Chinese distributor Zhongfu Telecom were accused of copying the exterior design of Baili’s 100C smartphone.

The U.S. Department of Justice in early June urged the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that warded about $548 million in damages to Apple for design patent infringements by Samsung. The department wants the company to return to the trial court in a smartphone patent litigation case with Samsung Electronics for more litigation.

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