Lawsuit claims iPhone and other Apple devices infringe on wireless patents

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Apple has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that virtually all of its products that support Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity infringe on a set of wireless communication patents.

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The complaint, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, claims that Apple products -- like iPhones and iPads -- infringe on specific claims in 13 different patents owned by non-practicing entity Smart Mobile, LLC.

Virtually all of the patents share a common specification, and several of them are continuations-in-part of a patent application filed in 1999.

The patents deal with wireless communications systems and devices that have voice and data communications capabilities, devices with the ability to switch dynamically between wireless networks, and devices that can connect to a server to enhance their functionality.

It goes on to target Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, specifically naming products from the iPhone 5S to the latest iPad Pro models.

The complaint also calls out certain Apple wireless technology features like multi-path TCP (MPTCP) and MIMO. The first technology allows a device to support the use of cellular and Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, while the latter uses a multi-antenna system to enhance wireless connection.

The lawsuit claims that Apple has had knowledge of at least eight of the patents, as well as several patent applications filed by Smart Mobile, since the latter half of 2015. At the time, the company attempted to sell off its IP stash through patent middleman Global Technology Transfer Group, which contacted Apple about a potential sale.

In the complaint, the plaintiff demands a jury trial. It also seeks damages, a permanent injunction barring Apple from manufacturing or selling the alleged infringing products, and other prayers for relief.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    XedXed Posts: 2,712member
    These slimy motherfuckers. Shameful.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    XedXed Posts: 2,712member
    Can someone explain to me how apple (and other giant companies) has the lobbying power to sway laws and stop regulations but they can't get a court hearing anywhere except the Western District of Texas? 
    Where you file is up the plaintiff, not the defendant.

    There was just another article right before this one that was a lawsuit filed in Northern California.
  • Reply 3 of 9
    These entities file in districts that are friendly to their type of lawsuits. They’re stacking the deck in their favor by filing where they file. This court is, obviously, one of them.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    KuyangkohKuyangkoh Posts: 838member
    Oh Boy, here we go again….ehehehe
  • Reply 5 of 9
    erioerio Posts: 28member
    Where's the source link?
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Pull out of Texas altogether.   There is nothing of value there.  ;) 
  • Reply 7 of 9
    killroykillroy Posts: 279member
    This patent cover just about every PC on the planet. The pattern is way too broad.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    killroykillroy Posts: 279member
    That's patent is way too broad.

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