A case started late last week in an Illinois district court, with a company called Intellect Wireless Inc alleging that Apple breached at least two patents it owns.

Prototype in SmithsonianThe filing says that Daniel Henderson is the founder of Intellect Wireless and the inventor of the patents in question. The suit says Henderson has 25 US patents and several more pending, and his prototype for a wireless picture phone device has a place in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.

Intellect Wireless owns two patents: 7,266,186 is called Methodology and Apparatus for Improved Paging Receiver and System; the other,7,310,416 is called Methodology and Apparatus for Improved Personal Communication Devices and Systems.

Apple, it's alleged has directly and/or indirectly infringed at least one claim of the 186 patent and 416 patent on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices.

Intellect Wireless notified its claims about the alleged patent infringement and sent a package of materials to Apple regarding the patents.

Intellect is demanding a jury trial.