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A Colorado man believes that Apple's iPad cover technology infringes on a patent he owns from 2005. As such, Jerald Bovino of Aspen has decided to file a patent infringement lawsuit against the Cupertino-based firm. Typically it's Apple that decides to sue people for patent infringement or copying its products.

"I've always hated litigation and I continue to hate it," Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's earnings call earlier this week. "We just want people to invent their own stuff. If we could get an arrangement where we can be assured that's the case and get a fair settlement… I'd highly prefer to settle versus battle." Cook, of course, was referring to firms such as Samsung, which it is currently fighting in court rooms around the globe.

In this case it appears that Bovino actually did invent his own "stuff," however. His 2005 patent describes a case with ribs that look nearly identical to those on Apple's iPad covers. Unfortunately, PatentlyApple recently discovered that Apple has been awarded a patent for its iPad case, so Bovino may have a tough time proving Apple is infringing on his patents. Ah, the sweet smell of litigation in the morning.

[via PaidContent, PatentlyApple]