Apple Sued For Patent Infringement Because Others Have Turned iPhone Into Ebook Reader | Techdirt. And, in the category of "are you kidding me?" we have the latest example of clients and attorneys making the rest of us look foolish. First, how did these plaintiffs get a patent on reading and books, just by saying "electronic"? Second, in the arcane world of patent law, does anybody ever consider the original reason for patent and copyright? Like, uh, innovation? I have proudly exercised my right as an American consumer, to use the tech gadgets I have purchased, any way I like. Am I going to get sued for using my iTouch as an Ereader? Good luck, guys, I am judgment proof.